The paralysis of political institutions is very worrying in America, and the most worrying thing is that Americans don’t see it. It’s such an internally focussed country economically, politically, and media-wise. They drive along those freeways, thinking that they’re driving through modernity, whereas someone from Singapore turns up and it looks like a museum of the twentieth century. A lot of Americans don’t realise how archaic their infrastructure, their architecture, their city planning seems. They don’t realise they’re living in the absence of hypermodernity.