What we need is a patriotic centrist billionaire to run as a third-party candidate

Let me be clear: I’m not saying Mike Bloomberg, or Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, or others rumored to be weighing such steps are “the answer.” We’d need to know much more about their ideas for the country before making such judgments; and I expect more frustrated leaders will consider entering the fray in the months ahead.

But as Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum argue in their essential new book, “That Used to Be Us,” the “shock therapy” the right independent candidacy could provide for our dysfunctional politics presents an unrivaled opportunity.

If you’re rich, serious about changing the world and think our two party tyranny has become part of the problem, there’s no better time to invest in disruptive political innovation. The country you save may be your own.