Paul Rosenberg recently wrote one of the most frightening articles about the political situation in the USA that I’ve read, “Impeachment as a struggle to save democracy — from the pathological cult of Donald Trump.” Its main theme is that “History shows how democracy can give way to “pathocracy” ruled by disordered individuals.” Continue reading “Impeachment as a struggle to save democracy — from the pathological cult of Donald Trump”
I’ve recently been avoiding political posts because the situation in the USA is so dire and depressing. Democracy and the rule of law are under assault as never before and the prospects for our becoming a truly authoritarian state are real, Continue reading How far will Republicans go to destroy democracy? And can they still be stopped?
In bite-sized chunks of two to eight (short) pages Timothy Snyder, the Levin Professor of History at Yale University, offers a practical guide to understanding and possibly averting tyranny. [In his new book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.] Continue reading Review of Timothy Snyder’s, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
A tyrant is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or person, or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty.
I’m 62 years old and have lived through Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay, Dick Cheney, and the American glorification of torture. Yet things keep getting worse. It’s hard to know where to begin, but just this year alone we’ve seen the sabotaging of health care, the firing of the FBI director to obstruct justice, the pardon of Arpaio, withdrawl from the Paris climate agreement, nuclear saber rattling, more voter suppression, the EPA approving dangerous chemicals and silencing of scientists, the undermining of the energy, education, and most of the other governmental departments, and more. Continue reading Will Trump Fire Mueller?