Trump vs Biden
In the US over 200,000 people have died from COVID-19, 57 million have filed for unemployment since March, and 43 million households face the threat of eviction.

Amidst this public health and economic emergency, the police killing of George Floyd has sparked a vast uprising, demanding an end to systemic racism.

With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg last week, the Supreme Court lost one of its four liberal jurists, and Republicans are now scrambling to shift the highest court to the Right.

It is in this unprecedented context that the US approaches the most consequential election in its history.

President Trump is staking his claim for four more years in the White House. Throughout the current campaign cycle, people in the US have seen glimpses of what this second term might look like.

Running on a white supremacist agenda, coupled with a blatant disregard for legal norms, Trump is actively emboldening far-Right militias who, just several weeks ago, murdered Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin. Another Trump term might very well mark the end of US democracy.

Meanwhile, many critics accuse Democratic nominee and former vice-president Joe Biden of conservatively pandering to moderate voters at the expense of younger generations–who are overwhelmingly in favour of systemic change.

' open Democracy' has explored the flagship policies being championed by the progressive movement, such as dismantling the military-industrial complex, implementing the Green New Deal and guaranteeing affordable housing to everyone.

'open Democracy' team has interviewed insurgent candidates running for office all across the country on a bold economic agenda, challenging the old guard of the Democratic Party. And they have explored what the George Floyd uprising means for the future of the world's major superpower.

Aaron White, 'open Democracy'.

Vol. 53, No. 21, Nov 22 - 28, 2020