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How America Ends; Can Moderate Republicans Save America? A brilliant historical analysis of our democracy. The Atlantic

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Wonderful article! 'Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties & candidates have competed, but understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable. The losers could  move on to fight in the next election. Ideas and policies would be contested, but  defeat was not generally equated with political annihilation. Trump’s apocalyptic rhetoric matches the tenor of the times. The body politic is more fractious; as partisans have drifted apart geographically & ideologically, they’ve become more hostile toward each other. Over 25 years, both red & blue areas have become more deeply hued, with Dems clustering in cities & suburbs & GOP filling in rural areas & exurbs. In Congress,  the 2 caucuses once overlapped ideologically,'  but in this new era of information technology, 'the dividing aisle has turned into a chasm.' Read...

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This article offers wonderful historical context!

"Of course, the most catastrophic collapse of a democracy in the 19th century took place right here in the United States, sparked by the anxieties of white voters who feared the decline of their own power within a diversifying nation.

Trump told the crowd at his reelection kickoff event in Orlando in June. "Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice, and rage! They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." "This is the core of the president's pitch to his supporters: He is all that stands between them and the abyss."

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Good article but, I don't think Republicans are going to save us from the abyss because.. THEY ARE THE ABYSS!

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For me, this wonderful article offers important points: "the left is by no means immune to authoritarian impulses; some of the worst excesses of the 20th century were carried out by totalitarian left-wing regimes!

" But right-wing parties are typically composed of people who have enjoyed power and status within a society. They might include disproportionate numbers of leadersbusiness magnates, military officers, judges, governors" upon whose loyalty and support the government depends...as we just witnessed in the hearings.

If groups that traditionally have enjoyed privileged positions see a future for themselves in a more democratic society, Daniel Ziblatt finds, they will accede to it. But if "conservative forces believe that electoral politics will permanently exclude them from government, they are more likely to reject democracy outright."

"Today, a Republican Party that appeals primarily to white Christian voters is fighting a losing battle. The Electoral College, Supreme Court, and Senate may delay defeat for a time, but they cannot postpone it forever."

"The stakes in this battle on the right are much higher than the next election. If Republican voters can't be convinced that democratic elections will continue to offer them a viable path to victory, that they can thrive within a diversifying nation, and that even in defeat their basic rights will be protected, then Trumpism will extend long after Trump leaves officeand our democracy will suffer for it.

Ziblatt points to Germany in the 1930s, the most catastrophic collapse of a democracy in the 20th century, as evidence that the fate of democracy lies in the hands of conservatives.

"Where the center-right flourishes, it can defend the interests of its adherents, starving more radical movements of support. In Germany, where center-right parties faltered, "not their strength, but rather their weakness" became the driving force behind democracy's collapse."

Read this article as it looks at our nation and our democracy... up until to this moment.

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Susan,


A most insightful article.

Thanks for posting!

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