Opinion | After Trump, Will International Relations and Trade Ever Be the Same? – The New York Times

“There are, I suppose, some people who still imagine that if and when Donald Trump leaves office we’ll see a rebirth of civility and cooperation in U.S. politics. They are, of course, hopelessly naïve. America in the 2020s will remain a deeply polarized nation, rife with crazy conspiracy theories and, quite possibly, plagued by right-wing terrorism.

But that won’t be Trump’s legacy. The truth is that we were already well down that road before he came along. And on the other side, if the Democrats win big, I expect to see many of Trump’s substantive policies reversed, and then some. Environmental protection and the social safety net will probably end up substantially stronger, taxes on the rich substantially higher, than they were under Barack Obama.

Trump’s lasting legacy, I suspect, will come in international affairs. For almost 70 years America played a special role in the world, one that no nation had ever played before. We’ve now lost that role, and I don’t see how we can ever get it back.

You see, American dominance represented a new form of superpower hegemony.

Our government’s behavior was by no means saintly; we did some terrible things, supporting dictators and undermining democracies from Iran to Chile. And sometimes it seemed as if one of our main goals was to make the world safe for multinational corporations.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:
I love Paul Krugman, and consider him one of my greatest teachers. I have to disagree with him here though. I might be guilty of naïve optimism, but I can’t help but put more weight on the remark of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, that in the US, the pendulum always swings one way, but then it swings back the other way. I also agree with Martin Luther King, that progress is slow and uneven, but the arc over centuries is forward and upwards. This won’t be true, of course, if we do not stop our population growth world wide, beyond what the planet can sustain. The future wars over limited resources will reverse all the gains of the last 600+ years, since the Black Death of 1348,

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