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Is Trump's rise to power an aberration or a sign of a deeper malady infecting the US?

Joseph Stiglitz


To regain its position of trust, the causes of Trump’s rise to power must be addressed for the US to prosper

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US President Donald Trump waves to staff and supporters at the White House

US President Donald Trump waves to staff and supporters at the White House

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US President Donald Trump waves to staff and supporters at the White House

The assault on the US Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters, incited by Trump himself, was the predictable outcome of his four-year-long assault on democratic institutions, aided and abetted by so many in the Republican Party. And no one can say that Trump had not warned us: he was not committed to a peaceful transition of power.

Many who benefited as he slashed taxes for corporations and the rich, rolled back environmental regulations, and appointed business-friendly judges knew they were making a pact with the devil. Either they believed they could control the extremist forces he unleashed, or they didn’t care.

Where does America go from here? Is Trump an aberration, or a symptom of a deeper national malady? Can the United States be trusted? In four years, will the forces that gave rise to Trump, and the party that overwhelmingly supported him, triumph again? What can be done to prevent that outcome?


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