So there we were, trying to warn, over and over again — “hey, this is the real deal! Fascism, authoritarianism, collapse, meltdown. This is not a drill! The house is on fire. Guys! Wake up!” And every day, the op-eds and cable pundits would regurgitate the same old hairball: “Where’s the fire? Calm down. You can’t call this fascism or authoritarianism!! Where’s the evidence? There’s no need for hysteria — and no room for hysterics!!” — while, day by day, a head of state was demonizing ethnicities, then banning them, then building camps, then putting infants on trial, then putting kids in them, and so on. What the? Do you see how sad and strange and funny and twisted this all is? Why was it happening?