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Two possibilities: the USA go either the Texas route or the California route neither of which are wonderful scenarios. There have been numerous explications how Texas is the pioneer for national trends such as gonzo privatizations, culture war, disappearing competent government and so on (e.g. a recent NewYorker article and the book "As Texas goes" by an NYT columnist).

Then we have the relatively positive scenario of California where they elected Schwarzenegger (remember that guy?) after a recall election. They suffered from a standstill in the legislature (that requires 2/3 majority for a budget) and a failed constitutional reform campaign. That situation has been turned around with a Democratic supermajority and governor. So they have been forerunners as well, having had their bullshitter media personality as head of government (also, Reagan) and legislative deadlock. Yet they are still weighed down by a lot of baggage. In the California way, the US limps on after the last dead-cat bounce of Trumpism.

Maybe there is hope for renewal if the questions that have been hanging around for such a long time are finally properly contested in the open. "We need to have this out." said a Texas legislator about the conflict with the fading white majority.

Or if we smell and hear decline it could just be real decline.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 12:02:45 AM EST

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