The continuation of self as the center of reality is part of the ideology that will eventually lead to America's down fall. It is also what will in a very religious sense, sustain the current mediocrity of American capitalism.
The danger is to assume that the fall of democracy leads to some vulgar resurrection of Marxist communism, which was a catastrophe! What we can do is employ history as a tool for what not to do.
A way forward out of this literal hell on earth is to be found in discourse. But not simply "I listen to you, you listen to me" rhetoric, but honest discussion that leads to change. In the ancient world, it was a community of foreigners who got together to discuss and implement change...For us to invent a new reality where we can begin again.