"Ising the body electric.” While I was reviewing the drafts of this issue of WE, the first verse of a poem by the great American poet Walt Whitman kept playing in my mind, like a pop song refrain. All of the pages of WE are electric, they vibrate with energy, telling us what the future will bring.
Unsurprisingly, this first issue of 2019 is dedicated to America, as we prepare for the great leap of the presidential elections in 2020. Donald Trump is on the horizon. No opponents are yet to be seen. They will come, voids in history are always filled. Meanwhile in the White House sits Trump, a revolutionary figure who, amid the real and apparent confusion of his politics, has upset the status quo, taking traditional ingredients and mixing them with Trumpism, upsetting the pieces on the chessboard and starting a new but old America First game. After meeting him, Sergio Marchionne, a visionary now sorely missed by the automotive industry, said: “He's a game changer.” How right and how farsighted he was.
Obama saved American cars from the Great Crisis of 2007-2008, Trump is trying to prevent the collapse of the American manufacturing industry. Deep down, they are more similar than you might think. The mission of an American president is to nourish that body, constantly rejuvenating it.