I just added The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible by Luke Mogelson to the Recommended Reading List. It is the best effort to date combining the extremist influences on American politics and the possibility of a second civil war. It outlines the rise of authoritarianism in America and the danger it poses.
Three “companion” books already on the list are: Fascism by: Madeline Albright, Strongmen by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F. Walter.
In the wake of the Dobbs decision being used as an opportunity for five justices with a predetermined agenda to overturn Roe it is easy to lose sight of the two January 6th Committee hearings of last week. In fact, I had a though about the timing of the release of the decision among a few others.
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There is nothing unique happening in American politics. History is complete with examples of sizeable minorities motivated by what they perceive as a charismatic leader seizing power. That is almost a definition of fascism and it very much applies to today’s Trump-led Republican party. Being aware and concerned with that I am ever vigilant for signs. I think we see one in Iowa.
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