The Women’s March in Washington DC, January 2018
I joined China Radio International on Thursday to discuss the political, economic, and social situation in the US.
Using the latest opinion poll about the direction of America, China’s State broadcaster wanted to portray a straightforward image of the US in decline, division, and discord.
I pushed back against this. I noted the damage to the US from a polarized system, the Trump years, and setbacks over gun control and women’s rights — but I also highlighted recent achievements over climate change, health care, and competent politics.
And, most importantly, I emphasized the capacity of the American people to rise to domestic and global challenges, if they choose cooperation over cheap conflict.