Star-spangled shutdown: how nationalism and nationalization warped US politics


Three new books help us understand how Trump’s spat with Democrats over 1,000th of one percent of the federal budget came to be so weighted with meaning

As I write, the federal government sits in partial shutdown, ostensibly over a measly $3.7bn difference in funding, less than one 1,000th of one percent of the 2019 federal budget, for construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

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