How Can We NOT Know?

  1. Larry Diamond: The Capital Siege Is The Wake-up Call America Shouldn’t Have Needed: Elite Enabling of Populist Tyranny Can Doom Democracy. This is a 10 page article describing the tendency every democracy has to morph into populist tyranny, especially when too many people become “semi-loyal citizens” to the country’s democratic principles.
  2. Amanda Taub: The New Authoritarianism. This is a 7 page article describing how people prefer to live in a democracy. Until they find themselves living in a world that is too complicated for them to comprehend and navigate. Then, in response, they move towards a preference for a “boring, tolerable form of autocratic government,” one that is surely both oppressive and suppressive, but also stable and orderly.
  3. Zack Stanton: The Problem Isn’t just One Insurrecion. It’s Mass Radicalization. This is a 25 page article that explains why and how more and more Americans are living in a ‘social echo chamber’ within which they validate and amplify each others fears, construct extremist narratives, and encourage each other to mobilize against those who have different views and values.
  4. Amanda Taub: The Rise of American Authoritarianism. This is a 68 page article that describes in clear, yet truly deep and significant ways, how the external and internal threats that all Americans have survived just since the turn of the century, threats like 9/11, 2008's economic crisis, the immigration crisis, climate change, and the large-scale demographic and cultural changes, all of which have pushed many Americans, especially those who have “latent authoritarian tendencies” into a full embrace of populist ideologies and autocratic forms of governance.

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David Nicoll, Ph.D

David Nicoll, Ph.D

I’m a dad, a reader, writer, and thought partner for individuals looking to improve their lives. My passion is learning and meeting this century’s challenges.