I think this article by The Atlantic titled “The New American Nihilism” that describes the concept for the “need for chaos” fits my views of part of what is going on and I wonder how much of this thinking is driven by Gen X? The article describes a group of people who simply want chaos, and these seem to be people think all institutions are corrupt and ought to be destroyed. I think one of the reasons it’s hard to deal with these people is that they have valid points but they aren’t interested in any solutions to the problems they raise.