It is scary to think that I may be watching the end of democracy in the United States, live.
At the very least this election demonstrates frightening weaknesses in the structure of the democracy itself. The Constitution may deserve less reverence than it is commonly accorded. And voters may be even less rational than even I thought. Brexit showed as much. Tonight may be worse, much worse, than that.
The education system—of which I am a small part—has also failed, at least in a mass sense. Maybe real education really isn’t plausible for the majority of people. A dark thought, but one that seems more plausible tonight than it was yesterday.
The number of people who really learn anything from history is small. We really art apt to repeat our past follies. We came through the darkness of the 1930s and 1940s only to flirt with a different form of it today.
Here is my maybe futile October 10 post, “Clinton or Johnson for president.”
EDIT: Here is Krugman asking, legitimately, whether we are a failed state.
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Agreed that the election was depressing, but this is not Apocalypse Now or the end of democracy. I was a 17 year old college freshman in 1968. I can assure that that election season was far worse— both MLK and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, cities across the US burned, the Chicago PD beat thousands of anti-war protesters, George Wallace (an overt racist) won many states, and we ended with the snake-faced SOB Nixon at the end of it. The Republic survived and we will again. As B. Dylan put it, “let me forget about today until tomorrow.”
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