America will not survive the big lie just because a liar is separated from power. It will need a thoughtful repluralization of media and a commitment to facts as a public good. The racism structured into every aspect of the coup attempt is a call to heed our own history. Serious attention to the past helps us to see risks but also suggests future possibility. We cannot be a democratic republic if we tell lies about race, big or small. Democracy is not about minimizing the vote nor ignoring it, neither a matter of gaming nor of breaking a system, but of accepting the equality of others, heeding their voices and counting their votes.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/magazine/trump-coup.html
This is a sobering assessment of recent events and things to come. I can highly recommend Snyder’s book, On Tyranny, in addition.
It was a moonless night
Not a star in the sky
No one around
But you...and I
On the back porch
Bathed in candlelight
Neighbors fast asleep
Dreams in their eyes
Our bellies full
From all that cabbage stew
Than a'rumblin' began
From that devil’s brew
I used to wonder what it'd take to prove this truth
I used to wonder how to make a mark
But now I know now how simple that it really is
Nothing says I love you
in the dark
Why hold them so tight?
Why not let them go into the wild world
for which they are not prepared?
Why argue their nation of smoke, mirrors?
Aided by machines into an early grave,
buried under rounds of unspent ammunition,
cameras at the ready,
revolution of righteous ignorance.
When the air clears,
the unshaved wave
returns home, confused, provisional victors,
keepers of a false faith.
When the police arrive,
they do not run.
This is because they
have never understood the luxury of choice.