Letter From America

Marion McKeone: America seems to be sleepwalking towards the edge of an abyss

The implosion of democracy in the House chamber is just one symptom of a far deeper malaise, a nihilism that has polluted every organ of government

US Republican and ex-Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, centre, who last week was ousted by an extremist faction within his own party. Picture: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

In years to come, Tuesday, October 3, 2023, may be viewed as the yardstick by which the rot that has infected American politics is measured. ...