Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. We should give thanks for the clever system of checks and balances that the Founders, and those who came after them, devised under the Constitution, and which, hopefully, will protect every man, woman and child from the lurch towards what looks like autocratic and unconstitutional political behaviour that is roiling this (and other) country. In particular, we give thanks to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who has defended the independence of the judiciary, which protects our freedoms. Let us hope that the system is robust enough to let us successfully get through this current outburst of partisanship and resume normal service – quickly.
I wish I could be as positive about the robustness of the British system which, with Brexit, is currently in the middle of the most threatening crisis since (fill in your own date – I choose the Norman Conquest!). There the system is under threat, supposedly concealed (but not very well) from an extreme right-wing group who are hoping to seize power and undo all the social good (health, pensions, unemployment pay, assistance to the poor and homeless etc) built up over many years, and to install an oligarchy based on the personal wealth of a few. May Big Business cease its pathetic silence, do something at last and point out that Brexit will impoverish the country. To avoid this disaster would be an Epicurean outcome.