A few miles from my home in Gloucestershire, England, there is a roadside advertisement that urges voters in this Thursday’s E.U. referendum, or Brexit vote, to “Take Back Our Country.” The same sign, of course, could as easily be found in any of Donald Trump’s strongholds across the United States. Indeed, the forces that may yet propel the U.K. to a suicidal leap from the E.U. are nearly identical to those that might conceivably elevate Trump to the White House. “Take Back Our Country,” in some ways, is merely British for “Make America Great Again.”
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