by Ian Buruma, 6/4/2020
Many Americans are obviously appalled by the crass and inflammatory words of their president. But will their disapproval outweigh their fear of violent social unrest? Will age-old racial prejudices, often unspoken or even openly admitted, lead them to vote again for the deceptive security of an uncouth white tyrant? A lot will depend on how hot this summer gets. It is hard to imagine this hair-raising government in power for another four years. But fear is the worst enemy of reason.