Somber Prospects

The results of this election matter. But regardless of the outcome, I find myself deeply distraught thinking about the broader state of our society, our media ecosystems, our institutions, and our democratic norms and structures. I’m not by nature a pessimist or a fatalist, but, in thinking about the future, I can’t see any viable path besides an inexorable decline into a dangerous tribalism, with the real possibility of system failure lurking on the horizon.

No hegemony lasts forever, and there’s reason to think the American global order has peaked and started its self-reinforcing process of decline. The…

Matthew McLaughlin

Student at McGill University. Fascinated by public policy, economics, politics, cities, and far too many other things.

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