For America, no. For us that remains to be seen, our future is more in the EU’s hands. Though I think President Bernie could have made some positive waves over here. Though I would describe neither Trump nor Bernie coming to power in the US as a real shock to our system in the same way our then King getting scared in 1948 or our then leaders crapping their pants at the Russian revolution were back then. Still getting that kind of shock is difficult in any time under any circumstances, I’m just saying in small countries like mine it can be external, even far away from us far more often, whereas in larger countries it more often needs to be domestic in origin to even be felt.
Let’s say it would have been the reverse would the US and certainly its general public have even really noticed if mr. Wilders had come to power here, if you had gone with say Martin O Malley? Pretty sure the effects would have been limited to a few raised eyebrows, whereas your Trump does influence things even here.
More generally speaking electing Hillary would have instead continued the gradual decline of the Pax Americana, which would have been great assuming it would have somehow led to the EU getting its house in order, otherwise it would have been another four years of anxious waiting. The point with gradual decline is that even that too reaches a point of no return eventually and much like with China without the benefit of historical hindsight it’s pretty damned hard to guess at where and when that’s going to be.
Our own DIEM25 thinks we have for example till 2025 at most to turn Europe around and get the EU’s house in order. Are they right? Well you go step in a time machine and tell me.
I’ve already said that had I been entitled to vote in the US elections I would have left the top of my ticket blank (or voted for Hillary/Blank, cause there is no force on Earth that could have gotten me to vote for Kaine) and likely held my nose by voting Dems or the occasional independent down ballot.
Some of us likely would, but then some over here were practically salivating in anticipation of a Confederate victory and a revival of slavery and the slave trade, way back when.
As did the October Revolution in Russia to millions of Russians, that doesn’t change the fact that over here it led to the sudden vanishing of the “principled opposition” to universal and even women’s suffrage. Mainly because they were suddenly afraid of the reformist forces, they’d bloodily suppressed a few years back and had seen as a joke only months before then.
It was hell for Russia but it did end our own era of “political tutelage” by “wise and learned” (but mostly incredibly wealthy) men almost overnight. Otherwise it is certainly possible we would have needed years or even decades more of general strikes, local uprisings and in the worst case our own civil war to get it.
But then that is one of the possible advantages of small countries greater susceptibility to global events. Trump, fake news and having limited control over such things as global financial regulations (at least without the EU) would be the negatives.
Still in 1848 and again in 1917 those then in power over here were put in a far more conciliatory mood far quicker by global events then by anything our reformers actually managed on the domestic front.
That doesn’t mean I wish for them to happen (though if I were a serf in 1848 that might have been a bit different) just saying that when they do it will be exploited by smaller polities far from the “action”.