An Skilled on Autocracy assesses how far America has slipped away from Democracy

The One Approach Historical past Exhibits Trump’s Persona Cult Will Finish …from Politico [ Editor’s…

The One Approach Historical past Exhibits Trump’s Persona Cult Will Finish

…from Politico

[ Editor’s Note: Americans have certainly had enough time to figure out Donald Trump. Even the brain dead that can at least read now from the Jan6 committee revelations what The Donald and his gang tried to do, and why.

It was no shock for anyone in the VT family that Trump knew that losing his presidential immunity would tip his house of cards and would lose it all with his pending prosecutions.

And we were not surprised that the grifters, which I identify as those who are there to serve themselves and not the public, would try to ride the Trump horse to permanent Republican rule via permanently rigged elections, and reduce the rest of us to being ‘subjects’ of their mandarin class.

That so many of the Trump staff people would remain on the bandwagon was the real wild card, when Americans Gordon and my age clearly remember John Dean testifying on TV against Nixon sending him down in flames.

The Trump WH staff people were smart enough to know who and what he was. And we had key people in the administration lead the way in refusing to go along with the silly stolen election con, AG Barr, the cyber security czar, DoJ, and other top officials that told Trump uneqivically there was no major fraud.

Trump amazingly admitted to the Presidential historian group Zoom interview that he knew he had lost the election, a virtual bullet in the head for his eventual prosecution.

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To cauterize the political wound Trump has left on American history, his staff aiders and abettors should be cauterized, also, to send a message to future staffs that yes you serve the president administratively but theoretically the American people first.

If the ‘people’ do not scream for their heads to roll, too, then they do not deserve to be served, due to their own stupidty, laziness, or both. I hate to say that the issue is still in doubt, with Clarence Thomas now one of their main symbols of how high up the rot goes… Jim W. Dean ]

What a distinction between then and now, within the calibre of the individuals

…by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

In the summertime of 2020, Ruth Ben-Ghiat was placing the ultimate touches on her historical past of recent autocracy. She needed to do it, although, with out the advantage of realizing whether or not one in every of her most essential topics would stay in energy come November.

However she wasn’t precisely at midnight both.

In the summertime of 2020, Ruth Ben-Ghiat was placing the ultimate touches on her historical past of recent autocracy. She needed to do it, although, with out the advantage of realizing whether or not one in every of her most essential topics would stay in energy come November.

However she wasn’t precisely at midnight both.

She had seen sufficient of Donald Trump’s conduct over the previous 5 years to understand how neatly he lined up with different strongmen she had studied and the way his autocratic tendencies would affect his conduct whether or not he received or misplaced.

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“I simply predicted that he wouldn’t depart in a quiet method,” Ben-Ghiat, a professor of historical past and Italian research at New York College instructed me lately. “He’s an authoritarian, and so they can’t depart workplace. They don’t have good endings and so they don’t depart correctly.”

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an American historian and cultural critic. She is a scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders.[1] Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Historical past and Italian Research at New York College.

Born in america to an Israeli-born Sephardi father and a Scottish mom, she grew up in Pacific Palisades, California.[2][3][4] She graduated in Historical past at UCLA and obtained a PhD in comparative historical past at Brandeis College.

A member of the American Historic Affiliation since 1990,[5] she is Professor of Historical past and Italian Research at New York College.[6] She recurrently writes for CNN, The Atlantic and The Huffington Submit.[7]

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