As populism devours once proud democracies it’s hard sometimes not to be despondent. The world I grew up in is palpably dying. Perhaps that is just the way of things — everything changes all of the time. 

The America I grew up admiring in the 1960s and 1970s is preparing to go into an election between two crusty old men just straddling 80 years old each. It is more withdrawn from the world than at any time since 1942, its democracy more threatened than ever before and by its own hand. ..

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