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Does Democracy Protect Against Fascism?

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For two hundred years, the United States has stood as the poster-child of democracy, while expediting its enemies with energy to spare. But questions about the future are suddenly causing the Washington Beltway (politicians and the media) to turn in circles, obsessed with getting rid of Trump and what he stands for, yet knowing that the Democratic candidate is unlikely to succeed.

Never had national news been so dramatized as in the 2016 run-up to Donald Trump’s election, the media inadvertently working to influence the outcome. Confronted with the result of its dramatizations, for a time it tried to control itself; but when the President’s thoughtless medical decisions led to thousands of civilian deaths, it reverted to its old ways, with the result, among many others, that foreign news, always scarce, was all but eliminated. Thus, when the man in charge of relations with the outside world is accused of serious misbehavior, its reports are desultory.

In mid-January I signaled that the hard-line Pompeo appeared to have presidential ambitions, confirming that insight in early March :

“Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who habitually exhibits a Cheshire cat smile, is rumored to be eyeing a seat in the Senate; but recently, while beefing up his website, he claimed that he........

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