❤️“To fight authoritarianism, you must imagine the unimaginable, and think the unthinkable—because that is usually exactly what authoritarians are planning. Worse, they usually tell you—and it’s well-meaning people who don’t believe them, steeped in denial.”
❤️“It’s not just that Trump put kids in cages in camps, ripped them away from their families, then ‘lost’ the paperwork.
It’s that nobody in a figure of power American cultural or political life bothered to call that what it is—a crime against humanity.”
❤️“Authoritarianism is referred to euphemistically as ‘minority rule.’ It means that a majority of people — usually by a long way — don’t want any of this to happen, don’t want to live this way, don’t consent. But their voices no longer matter.”
❤️‘If you assume the answer to every social question is always: go back to America’s founding documents!What kind of progress can you really make?
The answer is none. And in that literal and real sense, “originalism” is a euphemism for fundamentalism.’
❤️‘We are now in a period of true uncertainty. We can’t say something like “there’s a 90% chance Trump loses,” because the situation America’s in now is so abnormal it makes a mockery of the very idea of normality—which is what statistics are based on.’
❤️“Women’s organs removed? Family separations? That’s attempted genocide. Mass sexual abuse alleged at the camps? Crimes against humanity, as is shock troops beating and gassing people in the streets.”
They Keep Asking Us to Empathize with Donald Trump. But Who’s the Real Victim Here?
❤️“Asking us to have empathy for a figure like Donald Trump immediately gives rise to a double standard. We are to feel something for a man who feels nothing for us, except to see the rest of us hateful, weak, and contemptible.”
❤️“This is one of the most complex and sophisticated assaults on a democracy I have ever seen. It is very, very well thought out. Trump may be an idiot, but the strategy involved in destroying clearly has been crafted by better minds than him.”
❤️“There was a plan to do something about Covid—a plan that could have made a huge difference. But Trump thwarted it. It is no overstatement to say that he is responsible for mass death. His choice resulted in the exponential growth of a lethal pandemic.”
❤️“So there is one massive advantage any aspiring dictator can have. A captured judiciary. That is, a judiciary which has been captured by the fanatics and extremists who back the dictator. Once you capture a judiciary, then anything, really, is possible.”