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Articles About American Authoritarianism

John G. Messerly

Reason and Meaning

January 03, 2017

“Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?” ~ James Russell Lowell

For the past few weeks, I have been reviewing articles about the trend toward authoritarianism in the USA. Unfortunately, articles appear faster than I can read and review them, so I’ll have to stop and move on soon. With this in mind, I list a few of the pieces I won’t get to, followed by excerpts from some other good ones.


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Posted by instamatic  on  01/03  at  06:33 PM

Right-wing violence in America was already a problem before Trump

It was a problem in 1776. Also a major ‘problem’ is that leftwingers want power for themselves..and even if they could run this country (which does not appear to be the case) they might utilize repression/violence. Materially the future looks to be ‘alright’; but the future of justice and morality does look murky, no matter who is in power.

America is a huge overheated nation of immigrants who do not get along. (BTW there are immigration compromises being worked out. One, for instance, is to allow Syrian refugee children to remain.)
Plus technology—as you all know—is dislocating the old-time US. Trump might not be able to make it much worse than it is even if he wanted to.

There are groups that support firebombing abortion clinics and murdering doctors

Abortion clinic violence has decreased, and there are few people in the future who are going to want to waste time yelling at the front doors of abortion clinics. At any rate, wouldn’t do them any good: abortion is here to stay.

What to do? Three years from now, the election cycle begins anew. At that time pick an opponent to Trump who is better than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. It can be done.

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