“The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring red and blue enclaves,” warns Kagan, who supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 election. “The warning signs may be obscured by the distractions of politics, the pandemic, the economy and global crises, and by wishful thinking and denial.”Kagan predicts that “barring health problems,” Trump “will be the Republican candidate for president in 2024.””Trump and his Republican allies are actively preparing to ensure his victory by whatever means necessary,”
While Republicans routinely call Democrats “Marxists,” it’s been taboo for Democrats and the American mainstream media to brand Trump and his followers “fascists.”Why is that?The F-word is widely considered over-the-top name-calling, too redolent of Hitler, and risks triggering white-right Twitter trolls or even vigilantism . . . as Democrats instead usually confine their critique of the right to more academic words like authoritarian and stick to their preference for policy over polemics.
“The people of Brazil have struggled for decades to secure democracy from military rule, Bolsonaro must not be permitted to rob them of it now.”
Oakland, Ca. (Special to Informed Comment) – Republicans love to hijack democratic and progressive concepts, such as “free speech,” and …
Matthew Heimbach was one of the central instigators of white-nationalist violence at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Now, he’s trying to rebrand as a leftist—and some people are falling for it.
It sure looks as if Jan. 6, and the entire Trump presidency, were planned and funded by oligarchs in the shadows
We have often critiqued the misperception of the decline of the us and/or modern civilization in relation to the decline of the Roman republic, empire. But in another way the comparison is inevitable.
The problem is precisely what is happening here: a telescoped version of decline as ideological grounds to dispense with a republic and move into an authoritarian system under the Caesar meme. It took six centuries for a Roman republic to turn into a system of emperors. The US analog doesn’t work.
Still, American democracy has become corrupted in record time, a mere two centuries from 1800 relative to our eonic model. But it doesn’t follow that the analog with Rome really works.
The better analogy is with the case of Athens whose democracy failed within two or so centuries from Solon (in the discussion of divides and transitions): we see the uncanny accuracy of eonic analog in that case.
Perhaps all these views work in their own way. But the decline of the Roman system is a misleading analogy. The US system should potentially have had a far longer endurance yet seems to have lost its coherence prematurely.
It’s possible to convince people to support a coup—and even mass murder—with phony evidence. It’s crucial to the survival of our democracy that we prevent that.