A Return to Normalcy: Revisiting the Election of 1920

When considered against the electoral circumstances that exchanged Wilson, a Democrat, for Harding, a Republican, some of the tumults of 2020 appear to be a centennial reiteration, or inversion, of the calamities and longings of the 1920 campaign.

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Right-Wing Militias are Preparing for Civil War

“Some writers popular on the militant right had been warning that wars don’t always start with a clear, decisive event—an attack, a coup, an invasion—and that you might not realize you’re in one until it’s underway.”

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Identity Politics is Not Going Away

What we know now is that there are two Americas separated by very different visions of both the present and the future. Trump’s America is angry and in a mood to keep tearing down the institutions it feels have turned against it. Biden’s country is aghast that there are people who don’t see the very different future it does.

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Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.

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“The Collaborators: History Will Judge the Complicit” by Anne Applebaum

“Each violation of our Constitution and our civic peace gets absorbed, rationalized, and accepted by people who once upon a time knew better. If, following what is almost certain to be one of the ugliest elections in American history, Trump wins a second term, these people may well accept even worse. Unless, of course, they decide not to.”

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“A Confederacy of Grift” by Quinta Jurecic

The success of Stone, Corsi, and Papadopoulos in selling stories about their persecution by the deep state suggests that the conspiracy theories will be harder to do away with.

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