The Times, They Are a Changing

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christian-defeo
17 Nov 2020

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The election of Joe Biden was greeted around the world like the fall of a dictator. People danced in the streets of Washington DC. Bells rang in Paris.  Fireworks went off in the United Kingdom.  The joy was palpable.

 

It was just one election.  Joe Biden is an unlikely rebel leader, having been part of the Washington establishment for over 4 decades.  Nevertheless, toppling Trump was a historical milestone; for many, it felt like the world tilted on its axis, and it had bent away from thuggery and brutality.

 

This development was followed by another: Boris Johnson fired Dominic Cummings, his strategy guru.  Cummings and his American counterpart Steve Bannon are political arsonists: their main goal was to destroy. Bannon and Cummings believed that the edifice of the state was too rotten to be salvaged, however, once having set it alight, they struggled to come up with a viable alternative.

 

Anger dissipates eventually.  A person who has a tantrum may smash all the plates in the kitchen; however, once the catharsis of this event has passed, they are left with ceramic shards all over the floor.  There comes a time to sweep up the larger pieces, vacuum up the remaining detritus, and have a moment to reflect on what one is going to do for dinner now that all the dishes are gone.

 

That moment may have arrived.  Those who want to get excited about Brexit are in a minority; few discuss the

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