“If the USA sneezes, the rest of the world catches pneumonia,” says an old adage. So, what happens to the rest of the world when the wheels completely come off in the USA? People across the globe would like to know. In the US, we are wondering how many crises and revelations of corruption and cruelty the country can take before the system breaks down entirely. In less than two years, Trump’s presidency has brought us scandals and outrages on a daily basis. We have an environmental protection agency run by polluters, a department of wildlife conservation overseen by trophy hunters, a State Department staffed by amateurs, a Congress purchased by wealthy private interests, an immigration control agency involved in kidnapping and abusing children, and a Supreme Court that could soon contain not one, but two sex offenders. Trump’s tax cuts have made the super-rich even richer, and his tariff policies towards China are poised to bankrupt American farmers and blue color workers. And let’s not even mention the skyrocketing national debt and all the dangers it poses for another massive financial collapse. And this is just the view from the domestic policy front.
About Laurie King
Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; writer, editor, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Electronic Iraq, and Electronic Lebanon. [Full bio]