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It's going down, I'm afraid. Nothing in the US is a sign of hope. Necessary constitutional changes to prevent a hard-right populist descent don't have a majority. It's only a question of time before somebody smarter turns up and goes all the way to autocracy. The end is on the horizon.

Is This How Greatness Ends? - Atlantic

The problem is that something is too obviously wrong. Too many diplomats and politicians on this side of the Atlantic now believe that the U.S. is simply too divided to stand alone in the world for much longer.

... This is what I think makes last night's scenes in Washington not simply pathetic, but also important. Something of the mystique has gone, even if the raw power remains.

... the sheen has come off. America no longer feels as special. The austere marble at the heart of imperial democracy is sprayed with graffiti. The institutions don't look as secure, nor does the stability of the system.

Outside of the US not many people would subscribe to the notion of American Greatness or exceptionalism. There is no exception. That country will destroy itself like many others before. Nothing special.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 08:54:00 PM EST

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