The Republican Party hates democracy. They have put up every hurdle they can to prevent Democrats winning control of Congress – despite this, the opposition party made big gains in the mid-term elections this week.
Distrust of a religious minority, limited interest in international trade, a desire to protect a national identity: this is early modern Japan, a feudal backwater that had cut itself off from the world.
Against the odds Donald Trump will be President of the United States: the most powerful man in the world. Beholden to Putin and a regressive agenda, America’s best hope is to let Trump discredit himself.