David Frum: How to Build an Autocracy

Diane Ravitch's blog

When large numbers of people send me the same article, I know that it has struck a chord. This article, by David Frum, describes the fears that many people share about Trump’s lack of respect for the norms of democracy. Frum is a conservative: he was a speechwriter for George W. Bush. He is now a senior editor at The Atlantic. He did not vote for Trump because he sensed that Trump was neither a Republican nor a conservative. He is an authoritarian.


It is a long read but worth it.

Here some selections:

“If this were happening in Honduras, we’d know what to call it. It’s happening here instead, and so we are baffled.”

“Yet the American system is also perforated by vulnerabilities no less dangerous for being so familiar. Supreme among those vulnerabilities is reliance on the personal qualities of the man or woman who wields the…

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