I had been following Taleb's work for years and Taleb made me understand that debt, militarism and bailouts make an interconnected world more fragile and the establishment candidates on both sides continue to pump risks into a system that could collapse very fast and very violently. We don't need smarter leaders with better ethics. We just need to make sure they are hamstrung by a simple set of rules (Constitution - wars declared, sound money, liberty) so they can't hurt us no matter how stupid and unethical they may be. At first I thought we were screwed because where would we ever find a leader that would acquire power, and then give it up? Then I discovered Ron Paul, proven and tested with a 30 year track record of living up to his rhetoric.
Then RP was pushed out of the process and I am pretty sure we are screwed again IMHO - no offense to guys like Rand or Amash, but the system looks to be too rotten to fix from within.