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Great (and very long) article about societies that have faced polarization, and what may happen in the US.

From the article:

Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will.

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boyfromnyc 6 days ago

Much too much to unpack quickly.
A couple of kneejerk comments.

After the election Jeanne shared an article which if memory serves came from The New Yorker.
It offered many reasons to explain the election result.
One of the reasons resonated; the Democratic Party had "overlooked" rural America, concentrating on the urban elites.
This article identifies the Law and Justice acolytes as being well educated and neither rural or poor.
The quote fro Hannah Arendt, 1940 ???, rattled me the most.

I'm reminded of a quote from Santayana, about those who refuse to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. I always thought, hoped, this was relevant.
Reading the words of the Greek professor re the circularity of political systems makes me wonder.

Finally, I can't ignore the similarity of Black PR and Fake News.

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drtom 11 days ago

This is indeed a frighteningly true article. I would highly recommending reading it but not before bedtime. It will leave you sleepless.