By many metrics 2020 was an awful year. But don’t forget: Americans reclaimed democracy, ousted a would-be dictator, stood up en masse against bigotry, and learned we could quickly and willingly adapt our lifestyle to a national security crisis. These aren’t small achievements.

The awfulness of 2020 has become one of the year’s most unforgettable cultural memes. But in the current cascade of 2020-bashing let’s not forget what went right this year — and what didn’t go wrong.

It yields perspective to recall that the year began with what appeared to be a national security crisis with Iran. The killing…

Charli Carpenter

Charli is a political scientist who writes for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The American Prospect and many more. charlicarpenter.com / @charlicarpenter

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