After the Cold War ended, the United States was very much on a path towards the solidification of Keynesianism and “progressivism” as the philosophical underpinnings of American domestic and foreign policy, first with Bill Clinton and then the prospect of Al Gore becoming president in the year 2000. But the current state of our world is a testament to how much damage and harm can be done to the world when a tiny and sociopathic cabal decides to discard 500 votes in Florida.
Now, with the dust of neoconservative and neoliberal policies settling on the world, the potency of Keynesian and progressive policies in the United States is very much reduced from what the potency of these policies could have been had the United States not been derailed from its Keynesian and progressive path as a result of the machinations of a tiny and sociopathic cabal at the start of the 21st century. Due to the adverse and damaging effects of neoconservative and neoliberal policies on the entire world over the course of the last two decades, Keynesian and progressive potency is very much offset by an “anti-democratic” impulse on the part of both poles of the American political spectrum.
Thus, as a result of neoconservative and neoliberal policies, the United States is very much on the precipice of anti-democratic politics and social life. January 6th was very much a demonstration and manifestation of the anti-democratic impulse that is beginning to emerge in the American body politic. Elections are seen as fraudulent and illegitimate by both sides of the political spectrum, and compromise between both sides of the aisle has been replaced by a zero-sum paradigm of political and social interaction. Also, balance and moderation in American affairs has largely been overshadowed by polarization and extremism on the part of both ends of the political spectrum.
As a result, the outlook on American political and social life over the course of the next few years is quite grim. Polarization has also vexed the plurality of Americans like myself who are moderate and independent. Whether America can recover from the adverse and damaging effects of the neoconservative and neoliberal policies which were in place over the course of the last two decades and thus assume the Keynesian and progressive path which it was derailed from by a tiny and sociopathic cabal is perhaps the key question of our time.