Timothy Garton Ash shouts and expects the world (or at least, the USA) to notice:
I have spent the summer in the United States watching, with growing alarm, a country engaged in a degree of self-harming which, if observed in a teenager, would lead any friend to cry “call the doctor at once”. As I set course back to Europe, my conclusion is this: America should do a reverse Columbus. The world no longer needs to discover America; but America urgently needs to discover the world’s view of America.
The ‘world’s view’, Timothy? Or do you mean the ‘Guardian’ editorial staff’s view?
Ordinary Americans, and especially the small minority active in Democrat and Republican primaries, must learn more of what people across the globe are thinking and saying about the US.
This is, of course, all over the President Stampyfeet McTantrum-led US Government Shutdown, the very best parts of which have been gleefully recounted to the world via the medium of the Internet:
Politically, in the eyes of the world, the “full faith and credit” of the US has been further eroded.
Americans need to see those views from outside. Some understand this need: that’s one reason so many visit the US version of the Guardian’s website.
Ah, that’s the reason, is it? Really? They don’t so it for the same reason I visit CiF, which is to say, for the same reason people used to tour Bethlem Hospital?
Let some public-spirited American billionaire set up a mainstream TV and internet channel dedicated to conveying to a wider American audience, in a vivid and accessible way, how the US is seen around the world.
Well, OK then. You first, Timothy. I’m sure the ‘Guardian’ would love to do it, after all, it’s made such a success of its café, hasn’t it?