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Insight: Reclaiming American greatness, equality and justice

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Project Syndicate/New York

Project Syndicate/New York   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr arrive back in Washington aboard Air Force One after a day trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin after landing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, Sept. 1, 2020. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

Julia Jackson, the mother of Jacob Blake, a young black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who was shot seven times in the back by police, got it right when she said, “America is great when we behave greatly.” Sadly, for the past four years, President Donald Trump has been leading America in the exact opposite direction. The country’s entire history seems to be on the line when Trump faces the voters again on Nov. 3. It has been 160 years since the United States tried to deal with its “original sin” of African slavery. On that occasion, President Abraham Lincoln famously warned that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Yet, under Trump, all of America’s divisions have been widened. It comes as no surprise that the rich have gotten richer under Trump, given that he tends to judge overall economic performance on the basis of the st...