If the United States are a laboratory for our future, what has the presidential election of November 8 taught us? The distinctions between left and right, and Republican and Democrats, are increasingly blurred. And caught between the two coasts, forgotten by both parties, Middle America is in crisis.
The seemingly universal distinction between left and right has broken down. The confrontation between the Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican Mitt Romney four years ago was similar to any previous election in the United States, or in France for that matter. The only differences were that the American left had fewer revolutionary tendencies than the French left, and the American right was more “conservative”. This time, placing Hillary Clinton on the left and Donald Trump on the right is totally opaque. The presidential candidates were positioned on a new axis, opposing the “open society” of Clinton with the “closed society” of Trump. Followers of the open society model accept cultural diversity, immigration and international trade. Trump’s partisans, on the other hand, wave the flag of respect for traditions, fear immigration is undermining national interests, and reject both[...]