…use they’re the ones who have to live smack dab in the middle of the heart of the oligarchic beast. We’re not the ones who have to live under the crushing economic injustice of a plutocracy whose power depends upon keeping the populace poor and depriving them of the social safety nets accorded to everyone else in every major country on earth; they are. It’s sleazy for us to try and convince them not to arm themselves against a power establishment who exploits and abuses them constantly, sometimes without giving them so much as clean water to drink.
Why should we care? Because Japan is a living example of the best case scenario for the kinds of policies the ethno-nationalist right envisions for America. Shutting the door on immigration, enforcing social traditionalism, and appealing to individualism while promoting hard work not as a means to an end, but as a goal in and of itself. Were Trump a savvy politician with very nostalgic views, like Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, rather than an unhinged man-child, the Land of the Rising Sun would be both a roadmap for America, and a window 30 to 50 years into the future.