By this measure alone (the responses from obvious "conservatives," not the interview transcript), America as a political experiment is lost. Dead. It really started out going that way not too long after the ink had dried on the Declaration of Independence. We’ve come full circle. We’re Europe, again, and there’s essentially nothing much that differentiates us anymore.
The only thing left for unequivocally enlightened individualists to hang their hats on is the ideals of the Enlightenment. America was the political culmination of those ideals, now gone, leaving only the ideas to be preserved by the very best of humanity.
The ideas will never die. The Enlightenment shall live on–the ideas just as true and powerful as always. But far from the luxury of there being only the few who non-contradictorily understand and hold such ideas, there are fewer and fewer who are even made aware of them during their entire spans of life. And even those so informed reject them because they’ve been instructed from birth that they’re no more important than any other ant on the hill or bee in the hive. They learn humility before "authority" above all–at the expense of their happiness; at the expense of their very lives.
It will require another Renaissance. Those alive today are as good as dead–rightly and justly so for their dereliction to reason, truth, justice–for their dereliction to the essential attributes of man qua man. It shall require starting over–with a re-birth of Reason–consigning current generations to the dung-heap of history where they rightly belong because they should have known better. They have no excuse and their rightful penalty for squandering such an opportunity is their eventual death. That most fantastically believe that death is not really the final end is added testament to the irrationality at the very root of humanity’s enslavement to "unity" and "the common good."
I love and cherish the ideal of the independent, enlightened, rational, virtuous, self-interested, benevolent, ingenious and productive individual. …Which is why I care very nearly nothing for very nearly everyone.