Outside our borders, there’s an entire world waiting with bated breath to see whether the American political system is still functioning well enough to allow us to vote out a government that is obviously and breathtakingly corrupt after having endured four years of their mismanagement, mistakes, and outright pillage. And it’s got to be depressing to them, too, to feel as if the fate of the world is going to hinge on the history and development of the IBM Selectric.