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Donald Trump’s inauguration: Darkness at noon?

"This speech was a call for a form of collectivism somewhat at odds with America’s traditional, if not entirely accurate, idea of itself"

By Andrew Stuttaford  

In his first inaugural address Ronald Reagan described how “idle industries” had “cast workers into unemployment, human misery, and personal indignity,” and in his Barack Obama lamented “[h]omes…lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered.” With the US in the grip of the Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt lamented the “dark realities of the moment” and lashed out at “unscrupulous money changers.” Donald Trump’s talk of “American carnage” may have been startling—if less so to many of those who had voted for…

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