An Inflection Point in American History

A Fitting Coda to a Year Like No Other

Ken Briggs
Current History

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Occasionally we seem to bear witness to something important. It's the unsettling feeling of looking into the void of unwritten history and the weight of uncertainty bearing down. It makes life seem interesting. And ominous.

I was too young to remember 9/11, only the barely concealed awkwardness of a father searching for the words to describe this horror to an 8-year-old. As you get older you learn how truly difficult it is to communicate something so obvious to someone who does not have the experience to see the obvious. And how, more than likely, I will be the same father at a loss for the words to say, without shattering a beautiful innocence.

My intent here is not to compare others to children, but to find an analogy for my difficulty in expressing my fear of the current political moment and what it could mean in the modest sweep of American history. Never before have the results of an American election been attacked as fundamentally fraudulent. This is not hyperbole, it has simply not happened.

Fraud should be investigated and prosecuted if the claims of it are well-founded. Yet the Trump campaign’s lawsuits do not allege widespread fraud, they are simply targeted at particular irregularities in ballots whose cumulative vote totals…

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Ken Briggs
Current History

Engineer, tech co-founder, writer, and student of foreign policy. Talks about the intersection of technology, politics, business, foreign affairs, and history