A Post-American America, Biden’s Saudi Arabia Visit and More

A video is displayed on a screen at a hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, June 21, 2022 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
A video is displayed on a screen at a hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, June 21, 2022 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
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One of the defining features of the United States is expressed by its Latin motto, e pluribus unum—out of many, one. This historical fact, that the nation was not born a solitary whole, but became one by merging its discrete parts, often hides in plain sight, even in the grammar used to describe the country: Though the states that make it up are plural, the United States is singular. And it is further obscured by an assumption, cooked into the national imaginary, that this resulting whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And yet, when the reality of […]

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