From Mr Alberto Valero.

Sir, Was it involuntary or deliberate? Your weekend edition of October 30-31 offered an astonishing contrast between two Americas: the one of the Tea Party, the expression of obscurantism and backwardness (“ Trouble brewing”), and the other represented by Bill Gates ( Lunch with the FT), the capable creator of Microsoft – one of the most fascinating intellectual and revolutionary adventures of the 20th century – and latterly philanthropist helping to fight illness and illiteracy in the most miserable places of the world.

Being confident in the boundless possibilities of a country that for the first time in its history dared to elect as its leader a representative of the historically oppressed black minority, I do expect that this America, generous and intelligent, will prevail over the one that clearly stinks of racism, xenophobia and fascism.

Alberto Valero,

Warsaw, Poland

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