"The United States has offered the world a demonstration of how things
can fall apart — not in one cataclysmic moment, but slowly and steadily
over a long period of time as institutions and ideas erode and crumble.
Every other country on earth has to deal with the ramifications of
what's happening now in the U.S. But beyond those consequences, there's
another question for every other democracy: how do you make sure your
own country doesn't end up like that?"
"How did it come to this? There's no shortage of possible explanations.
Legislative gridlock. A poorly designed electoral system. A lack of
regulation over the use of money in political campaigns. The treatment
of politics as entertainment or sport. The weakening of mainstream media
and the rise of partisan outlets and social media. A failure of major
media outlets to properly grasp or respond to the challenges of the
moment. Maybe even a national history of conflict."
Via Jim Douglas, who wrote "Is our Westminster parliamentary system more
robust than the American political system? Possibly, but Boris Johnson
has demonstrated that the Westminster system isn’t immune to a populist
takeover. We’re kidding ourselves to assume that it couldn’t happen here."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics