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. …
Here’s a fact that few people seem to know, but everyone should. One that could throw the upcoming election into chaos.
The popular vote happens on Nov 3rd — but the electoral college doesn’t cast its votes until Dec 14th, almost six weeks later. That’s six long weeks for all kinds of mayhem to ensue. And there are those that seem to already be hoping to take advantage of this crucial window to swing the election — or maybe steal it.
I’m going to discuss how this works. First, that’s not some kind of conspiracy theory. The strategy to win the election for Trump has five components — and two of them are electoral challenges and influencing electors. That’s not some kind of internet forum rumour — it’s been reported in the Atlantic and Politico, for example. In plain English, there seems to be a plan for a soft coup, especially at the level of electoral college manipulation — that much is simple and indisputable fact. …
There are less than ten days to go now.
It’s the most crucial election in American history. Just the other day, Barack Obama warned: “Don’t get complacent. This election is far from over.” He’s right. The American people seem to get it — many of them, voting early en masse, shattering records. The intelligentsia, meanwhile, seems to think the election is already over.
They are badly wrong, and Obama is right. This election is far from over.
I learned something absolutely, gobsmackingly alarming today. The Electoral College technically votes on December 14th, almost six weeks after the popular vote.
That is to say: the electors can change the outcome of the election a month after the people have voted. Those who may want to influence the election have a month after the popular vote to influence electors to change their vote. …