This week in U.S. politics: Right-wing nationalists suffer setbacks. Is there reason for hope in America?

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WASHINGTON—When US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan this week, sparking many hopes that a geopolitical crisis could turn into a military maneuver by China, which considers Taiwan its right, she called for a great global ideological battle: “The world facing today has a choice between democracy and autocracy,” Pelosi said in a speech during his visit, according to cbc, “America’s determination to uphold democracy here, in Taiwan and around the world, is made of iron.”

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The struggle to preserve democracy in Taiwan is burning, as has been the case for decades. But here in America in Pelosi’s home, the balance seen in fighting for a democratic system was also raised to levels unimaginable until recently, with mixed evidence of success.

For example: The outright European authoritarian Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary, was seen standing and cheering at the influential right-wing CPAC convention in Texas. “Progressive liberals didn’t want me to stay here because they knew what I’d tell you. Because I’m here to tell you that we should unite our military.” Orban said, “Globalists can all go to hell. I’ve come to Texas.” They saidUrging a global coalition of nationalist authoritarian forces to “fight” to “take back the institutions”.

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In some states formerly, Florida, the leading non-Trump candidate to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2022, Gov. Ron DeSantis, was flexing his own strong muscles, Democratically elected prosecutor suspended In Tampa who took a stand against outlawing abortion and the provision of medical care to transgender people.

Still more disturbing details have emerged of what conspiracy theorists call a “deep state” — the high-ranking defense, homeland security and Secret Service officer who surrounded former President Donald Trump — Evidence is easily lost or destroyed At the time of his communication the former president was attempting a coup to reverse the previous election. and Trump disciples have won the primary By following on Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was rigged, and on promises to more or less fine-tune his state’s election systems to essentially ensure that no Democrat is going to be able to win in the future.

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I was in Arizona late last month, and when I told someone I met my job there, they remarked that I would get a “front row seat to the collapse of Western democracy.” Sometimes it can feel like this.

But this week also brought a lot of news that might have pleased that particular commentator. Such as the trial of Alex Jones, who has been one of the biggest – and certainly the highest-profile – propaganda proponents of the right-wing misinformation system, has been the gasoline fueling the American authoritarian political machine. Humiliated and forced to admit his lie on the stand, he was ordered on thursday To pay more than $4 million in compensation to two parents of victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre, whom they repeatedly indulged in with the lie that they were government-hired actors who actually had It was the first of a series of judgments that were coming against him related to that school shooting, and the contents of his phone could now be evidence in the January 6 investigation as well.

As welcome and surprising as this unaccounted bit of justice may be, it may still be less of a turnaround than the one experienced by Kansas Republicans, who voted for an early August primary on abortion rights. The referendum was scheduled, stipulating that only his supporters would appear in a snooze early election in the heat of the summer. The result there—in a state among the most Trumpiest in the country and among the most Republicans—was that 59 percent of voters supported keeping abortion legal and protected by the state constitution, It’s a result that has US political experts and pundits recalculating their view of how the Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights could shape midterm elections in November. Democrats have long been expected to lose badly to those denying Trump the 2020 election, thanks to a combination of midterm history in the president’s first term, runaway inflation concerns, and President Joe Biden’s poor approval rating. Can Kansas Show That Concerns About Abortion Rights Could Give Democrats a Fighting Opportunity? And through that, breathe new life into Biden’s administration in the second half of his first term?

Perhaps. Or maybe not.

But either way, the president and his party seem to find a sudden determination to use what’s left over the life of this first half of the term to take care of some unfinished business — and that’s a time. For unfinished – appeared for business. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who has long held Biden’s priorities hostage, suddenly came on board Supporting a climate change and prescription-drug bill positioned as an inflation-fighting measure that could salvage key parts of Biden’s ambitious build back plan for the better — specifically a shift to electric vehicle protectionism. Including, the Canadian government has long lobbied, as my colleague Susan Delacourt wrote eloquently last week. This could provide more good news for the President’s party to enter the fight for a mid-term election.

Friday morning, that remedy Appeared on the road to surpass Congress, Which may give the president’s party some good news to take on the midterm election battle alongside an abortion-rights rally cry and what many are now commenting on is a quietly strong legislative record in Biden’s first term that includes a Includes a big COVID bailout, a massive infrastructure bill, the first gun safety law in decades, controls on drug prices, and some significant climate progress. And the Senate this week also approved Finland and Sweden’s applications for NATO membership by a vote of 95-1, intensifying international opposition to the violent authoritarianism displayed by Russia.

Whether any of this reverses the nationalist tide that rises on the right wing of the worldwide political spectrum is an open question. But if it makes the democratic option more attractive, it could turn the fortunes of America and the world back from a more obviously dangerous side.

Edward Keenan is Starr’s Washington bureau chief. He covers American politics and current affairs. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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