Thanks for writing. One difference is that Japan’s economic success was in no small part encouraged by the United States; it was not a continuation of WWII, it was a peacetime success. Whereas my hypothesis is that the Cold War we thought was ‘won,’ wasn’t even over. The issues Democrats should be able to agree on are the basics: freedom of speech and the press, free and fair elections, etc.

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