When Donald Trump was first elected president in 2016, it became briefly fashionable to quote The Second Coming by WB Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” As the anarchy of Trump’s presidency was loosed upon America, those lines — written by Yeats in the aftermath of the First World War — felt particularly apt.
And yet for three years the center pretty much held. The system found a way to absorb Trump. The Republican party set him to work on their agenda and nuclear apocalypse was postponed. Things never quite fell apart.