30 Oct '16, 11pm

Coming from Asia, it's the US unplugged, & not much different

Coming from Asia, it's the US unplugged, & not much different

"I can't wait for this election to be over'' is a common refrain in the US capital. It has been a particularly exhausting election season, much like the sort of reality TV show that once made Mr Donald Trump famous and left one wondering what the next episode would bring. The rhetoric has been unusually corrosive, unearthing old social, racial and geographic fault lines, and leaving many Americans and outsiders wondering at the future of a society that, under pressure, seems at times to be on the verge of war with itself. To a journalist who has covered well over a dozen elections in five Asian countries, it is all familiar. Several elements in the US election echo those in elections in far younger democracies, and especially in recent years - the right-wing strongman rhetoric, the majority vote bank politics, the partisan media, the insults, and the urban-rural divide. Al...

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