My new essay in is out today: How American democracy didn't die
My essay in on how American democracy *didn't* die Alarmism over democracy "dying" wasn't merely wrong—It was based on a major analytical flaw and misleading analogies with interwar Europe
As I argued in my essay, it's unfortunate that we had two years of the purposeful delegitimation of a legitimate democratic outcome And it seems we'll have two more years of it, based on (mis?)reading Mueller. That's not good for democracy
100 x this. Initial reactions to Brexit & Trump will look terrible in future "The democracy-is-doomed narrative is crumbling, and rarely do you hear it anymore—at least not with the full-throated zeal that became routine throughout 2017 and 2018"
Shadi Hamid wrote this: I disagreed, so I wrote this: He tweeted out my reply. What a mench. Read both.
"It is unfortunate that a result of no collusion had to come after two years of the purposeful delegitimation of a legitimate democratic outcome," argues . "Trump’s very real badness has no bearing on the question of legitimacy."
If you missed it, my essay in on how American democracy *didn't* die—something worth reemphasizing in light of the #MuellerReport's release
This is a good read, though premature until after the Mueller Report is read and understood. Any conclusion reached until such time is meaningless. Still, let us hope democratic institutions continue their check on Trump’s autocratic instincts.
Pitch-perfect piece, per usual, from
"It is unfortunate that a result of no collusion had to come after two years of the purposeful delegitimation of a legitimate democratic outcome," argues . "Trump’s very real badness has no bearing on the question of legitimacy."
As I argue in the piece, if we exclude cases of military occupation, there aren't really clear cases of longstanding, established democracies becoming autocracies In other words, it's very difficult for certain kinds of democracies to "die"
New and notable from : maybe democracy isn't at risk, America doesn't face a legitimacy crisis, and #resist is an over-dramatic gesture. Worth considering at least
This piece from in is excellent. If you haven't yet read it, take the time to do so.
"Being in a constant state of alarm, particularly when there’s little actual threat of being imprisoned for your beliefs, can be unusually thrilling." In plain terms, gives a sophisticated and deep view of American political democracy at work.
Here’s a thread about legitimacy, norms, and academic research in response to ’s recent article about Trump. Shadi, would be interested to hear your thoughts. /1
"It is unfortunate that a result of no collusion had to come after two years of the purposeful delegitimation of a legitimate democratic outcome," argues . "Trump’s very real badness has no bearing on the question of legitimacy."
Terrific take-down of the "death of democracy" genre, courtesy of
Curious piece. I think ⁦⁩ right to insist that fears Trump would destroy American democracy were exaggerated, but not, as he thinks, because US democracy is sturdier than that but rather because it was already moribund when Trump arrived.
Shadi Hamid gets it right. Fantastic political writing
“The democracy-is-doomed narrative is crumbling, and rarely do you hear it anymore—at least not with the full-throated zeal that became routine throughout 2017 and 2018.”
Finally got around to reading this great essay by . It's an important reality check everyone should read, especially today. The part about evolving norms and convenient, but incorrect, historical analogies is especially significant
Can't help but think that part of the reason there are so many breathless Hitler comparisons is that they people who get to do the writing have a penchant for self-important theatrics.
An important piece from (just in time for the Mueller report!) on the misguided alarmism over the "death" of American democracy under Trump and the delegitimation of a legitimate democratic outcome. Well done to for running it
Terrific piece by that's set apart from the hysteria ---> Trump’s very real badness has no bearing on the question of legitimacy."
#Democracy didn't die in America. A vital corrective and must read by
Had no expectation that the Meuller investigation would turn up anything, but nevertheless feeling extremely called out by right now.
Russia collusion wasn’t the only thing the left and its media chorus got wrong. Remember how he was going to destroy American democracy?
Of course, the Mueller Report establishes Trump's rather unique badness, but as I note in the essay, badness has no bearing on broader questions of legitimacy. In short, badness and legitimacy should be treated separately in how we assess this presidency:
Mueller's 'No Collusion' Conclusion Is a Good Thing - The Atlantic
This, for example, is what was saying as recently as November 2018
There have been a number of responses to my essay: . It's frustrating, though not unexpected, to see the argument mischaracterized. The article isn't about the Mueller Report, which is only briefly mentioned a couple times in a longer essay
Worth remembering that conservatives exhibited the same paranoias as well. Wrote books like "Trumpocracy," for example.
Enough with the berets and Gauloises
As I argue in the piece, if we exclude cases of military occupation, there aren't really clear cases of longstanding, consolidated democracies becoming autocracies: In other words, it's very difficult for certain kinds of democracies to "die"