I feel closely connected to events in the US, having lived there and having friends and family still living there. I know many of you were interested in the US edition of this newsletter in the summer, following my trip over there. So I'm offering you a selection of web links to some of the most interesting responses to Trump's election victory.
Michael Moore's Morning-After To-Do List for Democrats: this Facebook post went viral the day after the election. It offers some really constructive responses for anyone alarmed at Trump's victory, and some useful perceptions about why he won: https://www.good.is/articles/moore-five-point-plan
A Time for Refusal - Rhinoceritis: a fascinating piece on November 11 in The New York Times, commenting on the play Rhinoceros by Ionesco, which was a response to totalitarian regimes in Europe in the 1930s. Its basic point is to beware of gradualism, and take a stand for your values: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html?_r=0
Insights from a friend: here's part of an email plus a web link from a close friend of mine in the US, whose professional work gives him a lot of insights into American politics. This web link is another really perceptive view about what to learn and how to respond, particularly for those horrified by Trump's success:
This is Berlusconi at BEST and Mussolini at worst. Only sliver of hope is that he really does not believe anything of substance and will soon grow tired of being a president; this is the analogy of the dog that continuously chases the bus and one day, he finally catches it and does not have a clue now that he has caught it. Here is a piece by the conservative columnist for the NYTs that makes this point.
Donald Trump is moving to the White House: this piece in the UK Guardian by Thomas Frank I found really helpful, about the serial failures in the democrat party which led to Hillary Clinton's nomination, and the need for a total overhaul to face up to the Trump regime: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-white-house-hillary-clinton-liberals
Rust-Belt Romantics: another useful piece from The Guardian, November 15 by Aditya Chakrabortty, pointing out that blaming Trump's election on the white working class is really simplistic. There's a big issue in the US, and the UK and elsewhere, of the middle classes losing out as well, as the seriously wealthy get seriously wealthier: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/15/rust-belt-middle-class-wiped-out