Darrell Delamaide’s Political Capital: What Americans can learn from these two ‘unknown unknowns’ of 2016

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — One thing we can all agree on as 2016 draws to a close is that it has not been a normal year for American politics.

The open question is whether the surprise election of Donald Trump as president marks a fundamental shift in American culture or is a temporary aberration. Will it lead to an American economic renaissance, the end of American democracy, a nuclear arms race or none of the above?

Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, it might be useful to borrow former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s 2002 framework for forecasting events — there are things we know we know, there are things we know we don’t know, and there are things we don’t know we don’t know.

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