‘America first’ breeds an architecture of fear. It compels other nations to cling onto their own nationalist tendencies in pursuit of their own primacy.
The internet flattened world only temporarily before mobile phones made people screen-obsessed and non-interactive, further pigeonholing them into online groups that merely reconfirmed their biased beliefs.
As conformity increased in the long tail, broader differences compounded. Today's mob has repopularized coercion out of short term gains. What comes naturally puts a dent into the artificiality of freedom.
If America gives up doing the good work, others will fall like dominoes. Bad design is easy to replicate.