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The U.S. Elections and the Rest of Us

U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on September 22, 2020. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Welp, here we are. It’s finally November 3. As a non-American, I’m always amazed by the power of American politics to draw in the rest of the world. It isn’t that the rest of us feel involved, exactly. And it isn’t only due to the fact that we’ll be affected by the decisions of a future U.S. government. Rather, the global power of American politics lies in how it shapes the mental landscape of the rest of the world.

The back and forth of American politics, the way different kinds of American power are justified by Americans to Americans, and particularly how they are opposed by Americans, create whole political vocabularies that end up being employed elsewhere.

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