Regardless of the election’s outcome a sizeable proportion of the population will be deeply angered by the result and will cite reasons why the vote was illegitimate (both real, like voter suppression, and imagined, like widespread voter fraud). With the population already at a fever pitch after months of civil unrest, it is almost certain that there will be protests and riots featuring violent clashes. Faith in government will undoubtedly suffer. Soon America’s democracy may be added to COVID-19’s ever-growing death toll.
Although the ever-increasing debt seems a distant otherworldly life, one day this eventuality will attach itself to every tax return, every monthly salary, and we will sigh, watching as 9% of our gross income slowly slips through our fingers.
Antonia Jameson reflects on the shifting nature of Edmund De Waal’s Library of Exile.