America has a new president, but does it also have a new future?
The common view of the United States is that – while powerful economically and militarily – it is a nation in decline. In this account of history, America peaked just after the collapse of the Soviet Union: the liberal order and the Western values about man and government it championed are now on the retreat, if not features of a bygone era. If Trump did anything to America, it was to push the superpower into retirement.
But what if this view of history is wrong and the US is about to reinvent itself? In an thought-provoking book from last year, Bruno Maçães – a former Portuguese Europe minister – takes a new and original view of America, suggesting that the country is shedding its European past for something new. Trump was a symptom of a moulting country – a country whose future is televised or streamed and shaped by new master narratives. It is part political fiction, part a response to new political realities. And if there is a new political culture emerging that breaks with the country’s enlightenment past – what is its future going to be like? How will it express itself in the world? What will be its relation to its European ancestors?
Please join us for an hour or online discussion with Bruno Maçães about the future of America and the Atlantic.
Bruno Maçães is a thinker and author. He is authored several books, including The Dawn of Eurasia. He was Europe Minister in Portugal between 2013 and 2015, and is a non-resident fellow of the Hudson Institute. He has a PhD in political theory from Harvard University. He publishes a newsletter, World Game, on Substack.