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It was never fully realised but there was at least a quorum for freedom balanced by conscience; for innovation balanced by responsibility; for truth, justice, science and equal rights. If America was a house its foundation was democracy. Its roof was the rule of law, its boiler-room the market. It seemed strong, but after one political cycle’s worth of lies and yes-men it seems somehow pathetic. Does it still have that epic capacity for self-renewal that brought it back from civil war and Great Depression? Does it still believe in a place called Hope?
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Patrick Davies OBE
Former Deputy Head of Mission to the USA. Patrick took up his post as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington and UK Permanent Observer at the Organisation of American States in September 2013. Patrick has worked in various environments around the world, often in times of crisis or transition.
Senior political reporter at the Guardian US, based in Washington D.C. In 2016, she covered the Clinton campaign. This cycle she is covering Democrats and the Biden campaign.
Long time contributor to The New York Review of Books and author of novels, Black Deutschland and High Cotton, and the works of nonfiction, Busted in New York, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature.