I believe that if we think back to the period from F.D.R. through, let us say, Bush I, until the end of the Cold War, we lived through an artificial period in which American interests and European interests essentially dovetailed.
Social democracy does not represent an ideal future; it does not even represent the ideal past.
What has gone catastrophically wrong in England and the States is that for 30 years we've lost the ability to talk about the state in positive terms. We've raised a generation or two of young people who don't think to ask, 'What can the state do that is good?'
In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.