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Member Monday 7/23: Could It happen here?
2018 America. Where are we and where are we going? Member Monday (7/23) will address that same question applied to today that we (in the previous week) imagined had been on the minds of many-a-citizen in early 1930s Germany. The historical autopsy of that period was aided (or distorted) by the accounts of those who knew how that movie turned out.
We have no such advantage. And so we must come to the same question with the purity of the present tense. No one is taking notes. But maybe make a private mental note to share with some future historian.
The first step, of course, is to clarify where you (we) think we are right now. May it be with thoughtful reflection. One take-away from last week was that the power emanates from the ground up. The despot, no matter how "charismatic," ultimately feeds off the people. We collectively are the zeitgeist. As such, "fuck Trump" is not itself a helpful articulation. What is it that we see in our reflection?
Read the attached (Pdf, Examining Democracy Today, attached at bottom) with that in mind. It may enrage you no matter which side of the wide partisan divide you are on. You'd probably be at a loss to even guess the author's voting preference. That's because his subject is the more fundamental question as to whether we even have a functioning democracy now.
That's the vantage point from which we will discuss where we might be headed.
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