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LONDON, U.K.—Barack Obama said of the U.S. midterm elections that “the character of our country is on the ballot,” and the outcome proved him right. The United States is a psychological basket case, more deeply and angrily divided than at any time since the Vietnam War. It’s not evenly divided, of course. The popular vote saw the Democrats lead the Republicans nationwide by an eight per cent margin, but that translated into only a modest gain in seats

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What’s really destroying American jobs is automation, and it’s not off-shoring, free trade, or foreigners

By Gwynne Dyer       

Until the major parties can acknowledge that it is the computers that are killing the jobs and that it probably can’t be stopped, the anger will continue to grow. You can’t begin to fix the problem until you understand it.

Donald Trump knows that it is fundamentally about jobs, but he is barking up the wrong tree when he blames it on 'off-shoring' and free trade and promises to make the foreigners give the jobs back. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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