**In 2020, two mighty sets of forces battled for control of the United States.**
Trump led the charge, threatening to continue his brand of racist, gangster capitalism. Revolted by the prospect, the Democrats, influenced by Bernie Sanders, mobilised voters in record numbers. But, now in the White House, can Biden and the liberal centre ally with progressives under the banner of humanity to renew democracy on Earth and save our ecosystem?
From Anthony Barnett, co-creator and former editor-in-chief of openDemocracy, comes this blazing response to the confrontation between Trumpism and Biden in America, that sets out how the future of humankind is at stake. As democracy rests on a knife edge in the USA, changed forever in the wake of Black Lives Matter, the ongoing climate crisis and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, *Taking Control!* shows how what is happening in America may yet give us hope for change across the world.
**Anthony Barnett** is the author of *Iron Britannia, Soviet Freedom, This Time* and *The Lure of Greatness*. He was the first Co-ordinator of Britain’s Charter 88, Co-director of the Convention on Modern Liberty, and was a founding Editor of openDemocracy from 2001-2007.
**Marcus Gilroy-Ware** is the author of *Filling the Void: Emotion, Social Media and Capitalism*, and *After the Fact?: The Truth About Fake News*. He writes, teaches, researches, creates and codes at the intersection of culture and communication.
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