I watched the U.S. election unfold at Massey College, where the mood grew progressively more grim with each new batch of results.
It’s still shocking that the U.S. has made such a self-destructive choice.
This outcome seems to have had a strong emotional effect on almost everyone I know, and with good reason. It’s a capstone on America’s decline as a world power, and of the growing dysfunction of the American political system. With both houses of congress and the presidency held by a party driven by harmful (often hateful) emotions and determined to disregard evidence, it’s scary to think what will happen in America during the next four years and what it will mean for humanity as a whole and nature.
The most optimistic plausible interpretation seems to be that this is the last gasp of an America that is deeply sexist and racist, threatened by every aspect of modernity and â€” able on this occasion to win by exploiting popular anger, but doomed in the longer term by demographics and their ineptitude.