Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America
“What makes Trump immune is that he is not a president within the context of a healthy Republican government. He is a cult leader of a movement that has taken over a political party – and he specifically campaigned on a platform of one-man rule. This fact permeates “Can It Happen Here? . . . which concludes, if you read between the lines, that “it” already has.” – New York Times Book Review
"Several of the contributors...agree that American politics is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism and provide the intellectual underpinning." – Washington Post
With the election of Donald J. Trump, many people on both the left and right feared that America’s 240-year-old grand experiment in democracy was coming to an end, and that Sinclair Lewis’ satirical novel, It Can’t Happen Here, written during the dark days of the 1930s, could finally be coming true. Is the democratic freedom that the United States symbolizes really secure? Can authoritarianism happen in America?
Acclaimed legal scholar, Harvard Professor, and New York Times bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein queried a number of the nation’s leading thinkers. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, these distinguished thinkers and theorists explore the lessons of history, how democracies crumble, how propaganda works, and the role of the media, courts, elections, and "fake news" in the modern political landscape—and what the future of the United States may hold.
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This is a high-quality collection of essays from about twenty different authors on the decline of democracy in America (an event which, depending on the author, is considered to be impossible ... Read full review
Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in AmericaUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Playing off the title of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel about the rise of an authoritarian regime in the U.S., It Can’t Happen Here, Sunstein (#Republic) gathers together 17 provocative, topical essays ... Read full review
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