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Foreword: December 2016—Trump feeds on despair. Don’t surrender to it.

Our Editor warns of the dangers of Trump—but also the dangers of reacting against him in the wrong way—in introducing the essays in December's magazine

By Tom Clark   December 2016

Fear and loathing: two emotions connected with the American right, especially by European liberals. But on hearing of Donald Trump’s stunning win, I think—if we’re honest—that many of us have reacted with a little fear and loathing of our own.

The fear part is amply justified by the alarming stance the President-Elect takes towards many parts of the world (as Martin Woollacott sets out on p22), as well as by many other things that candidate Trump had said and done. Recall the bullying,…

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