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It Only Begins With the Presidency. There Needs to Be a Strategy to Reclaim All the Institutions of American Democracy — or Else

Trump Tweet that says “Must have final total on november 3rd.”
Trump Tweet that says “Must have final total on november 3rd.”
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I have some good news — or at least some slightly better news — and I have some bad news.

The bad news is this. America is now just one tiny — tiny — step away from a final, full-blown authoritarian collapse. I’m not kidding. I say that as both a survivor and scholar of authoritarianism, and most of my peers will concur.

America has, at this, point, just one functioning democratic institution left. The House. Every other major political institution seems to have now been captured by fascists and fanatics. With the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett — which Joe Biden has correctly called an abuse of power — America’s democratic institutions are all now captive, save one. Let me count them down, so the point is crystal clear. The White House? In the hands of an authoritarian fascist movement. The Senate? Check. The Supreme Court? Captured by theocrats who believe in a theory of “originalism,” which would hold, among other things, that minorities aren’t people at all, women don’t necessarily have the right to vote, and there is no sanctity of the body, because there is no line between church and state. …

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