How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic


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The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
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How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic
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David Frum, writing back in 2017:

What has happened in Hungary since 2010 offers an example — and a blueprint for would-be strongmen. Hungary is a member state of the European Union and a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights. It has elections and uncensored internet. Yet Hungary is ceasing to be a free country.

The transition has been nonviolent, often not even very dramatic. Opponents of the regime are not murdered or imprisoned, although many are harassed with building inspections and tax audits. If they work for the government, or for a company susceptible to government pressure, they risk their jobs by speaking out. Nonetheless, they are free to emigrate anytime they like. Those with money can even take it with them. Day in and day out, the regime works more through inducements than through intimidation. The courts are packed, and forgiving of the regime’s allies. Friends of the government win state contracts at high prices and borrow on easy terms from the central bank. Those on the inside grow rich by favoritism; those on the outside suffer from the general deterioration of the economy. As one shrewd observer told me on a recent visit, “The benefit of controlling a modern state is less the power to persecute the innocent, more the power to protect the guilty.”

21st century autocracy does not resemble 20th century autocracy. It’s a different ballgame. And we’re facing it right here in America, right now.

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Jeffrey Smith 点击这里阅读中文版本 It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past…
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july 2019 by neodude
David Frum outlines how Donald Trump's influence could (and probably will) bend the institutions of society in the United States towards tolerance of and collaboration with autocracy, citing how it has happened in other states in recent decades.
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november 2018 by emalminator
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june 2018 by TypingPixels
How to Build an Autocracy - 点击这里阅读中文版本 It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He…
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october 2017 by AaronLMGoodwin
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september 2017 by wlanderson
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september 2017 by divergio
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september 2017 by joshcvt
A disturbingly prescient warning from in March
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august 2017 by tweetotaler
This holds up, I think
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june 2017 by HolyHaddock
https://soundcloud.com/user-154380542/how-to-build-an-autocracy-david-frum-the-atlantic-march-2017 &! http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/gerechtigkeit-in-deutschland-der-stolz-ist-weg-a-1146671.html - Gerechtigkeit in Deutschland "Der Stolz ist weg" &! New study shows that the greater the societal inequality and instability, the more the groups on top of society tend to support a hierarchy between groups, protecting their own privileged status. (pnas.org) - https://redd.it/6a4agb
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
RT : 1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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march 2017 by christiekoehler
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1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article: https://t.co/zx5HE02N19

— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 2, 2017
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march 2017 by blipman
RT : 1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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RT : 1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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march 2017 by mshook
RT : 1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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march 2017 by brchastain
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
march 2017 by Psook
1) Sessions story today is a sinister confirmation of central thesis of my autocracy article:
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march 2017 by pringn
It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests…
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february 2017 by kishba
It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests…
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february 2017 by robw
Interesting read
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february 2017 by Palafo
RT : “A would-be kleptocrat is actually better served by spreading cynicism than by deceiving followers.” Sobering:
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february 2017 by maxfenton
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism. It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. via Pocket
february 2017 by alnetu
The benefit of controlling a modern state is less the power to persecute the innocent, more the power to protect the guilty.
february 2017 by mvuijlst
How to Build an Autocracy
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february 2017 by sajones81
It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests…
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february 2017 by pseudoliterat
"Americans remain as free to speak their minds as ever—provided they can stomach seeing their timelines fill up with obscene abuse and angry threats from the pro-Trump troll armies that police Facebook and Twitter."

(there's a point about free speech - and it's from a right-winger)
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february 2017 by mappings
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
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february 2017 by flyingcloud
Those citizens who fantasize about defying tyranny from within fortified compounds have never understood how liberty is actually threatened in a modern bureaucratic state: not by diktat and violence, but by the slow, demoralizing process of corruption and deceit. And the way that liberty must be defended is not with amateur firearms, but with an unwearying insistence upon the honesty, integrity, and professionalism of American institutions and those who lead them. We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.
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february 2017 by ayjay
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february 2017 by TracyWMeyer
How to Build an Autocracy
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february 2017 by ebullient
How to Build an Autocracy (via Instapaper)
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february 2017 by laze
It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years.

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february 2017 by traff
It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests…
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february 2017 by indirect
Whatever else happens, Americans are not going to assemble in parade-ground formations, any more than they will crank a gramophone or dance the turkey trot. In a society where few people walk to work, why mobilize young men in matching shirts to command the streets? If you’re seeking to domineer and bully, you want your storm troopers to go online, where the more important traffic is. Demagogues need no longer stand erect for hours orating into a radio microphone. Tweet lies from a smartphone instead."
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february 2017 by ondrejr
Everything imagined above—and everything described below—is possible only if many people other than Donald Trump agree to permit it. It can all be stopped, if individual citizens and public officials make the right choices. The story told here, like that told by Charles Dickens’s Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, is a story not of things that will be, but of things that may be. Other paths remain open. It is up to Americans to decide which one the country will follow.
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february 2017 by winekitteh
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism. It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years.
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february 2017 by fraz87
How to Build an Autocracy
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february 2017 by GoodGuyRy
Great about the vulnerable checks and balances in the US
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february 2017 by chillu
Written by a speech writer to george w Bush
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