Liberal democracies are facing an existential threat from a new generation of authoritarians borrowing old, discredited ideas. But is it accurate to characterize that threat as “fascist,” and if so, why does it matter?
If we can’t recognize the complexity of ordinary people, the capacity of indifference to spawn horror, then we won’t be prepared to halt its rise.
What the Bidens did and didn’t do in Ukraine is dull, complex, entirely legal, but indicative of the long rot in our democracy. As a result, you’ll never hear it explained on TV.
To quote Bart Simpson, they folded faster than Superman on laundry day.
There is much more in this photograph than meets the eye.
Always punch a bully, and keep whaling on him until someone comes to pull you off.
For tenured Democrats, the folks who survived the party’s contraction and prospered over the past few decades, the Trump Era is a golden age of wine and roses, in which their jobs have never been easier or more secure. They are in no hurry to see it end.
Democrats aren’t riding to the rescue, because their leaders see nothing that needs saving.
A political orphan’s guide to current events.
There’s always been an odor of scammyness around movement conservatism but here at its end, the sheer breadth of corrupt innovation spreading across the rotting hulk of the GOP is so spectacular as to inspire wonder. What could once be dismissed as the amusing hijinks of a few hucksters has grown into a dangerous culture of corruption that threatens democracy itself.