We have all been saying this in slightly different ways. It is the central tragedy of this age. Authoritarian and bizarre systems have been, until now, the drivers of great success, great learning, and advancement. It has gotten better but then it starts to get bad again. Why?
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
…except if you were (among other things) indigenous, African, or female.
There is another promised land on Earth and it too has done terrible things. That is Israel.
There is also a third place, China, where ethnonationalism is rampant but largely hidden because China is very ethnically homogenous. Those that are not “Han” Chinese however, like the Tibetans and Uyghurs, they are persecuted almost…
I’m glad you made the connection to China and to Israel. America is at the most critical point of the three right now. The techniques of modern authoritarianism include racism and xenophobia. Unlike America and Israel, China did not really have a strong ruling tradition of that until the end in the 19th and early 20th centuries.