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Trump won’t permanently change America

Overreaching is always followed by a reaction

By Michael Auslin  

United States President Donald Trump ©Olivier Douliery/DPA/PA Images

It should be a simple lesson. If history teaches us anything, it is that reaction always follows action. A due humility that recognises the impermanence of all political settlements, and many socioeconomic ones, might be the best insurance against the overreaching of politicians and social engineers of all stripes. Ignore this lesson, and instability will almost always be the result.

Conservatives like to think that human nature is unchanging, giving rise to eternal social verities, while progressives assume that once it…

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