Monday, November 14, 2016

Autocratic Asphyxiation

Whatever we're in for with the next administration, it sure feels like we're headed toward some form of autocracy. And while we won't know for sure for a little while, there are some telltale signs of what's happening that writer Masha Gessen lays out for us:
Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.
Now, Gessen knows from autocrats, having observed Vladimir Putin firsthand, so the list she enumerates of what to look for in the dawn of the Donald is especially necessary right now. I fully expect her useful and important article to become the baseline in assessing the coming weeks and months.

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