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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2020, 06:36 AM

1. Maybe true in the U.S.

But I laughed out loud when I saw the OP because the opposite is true historically. A "coup attempt"--either real or manufactured--is always used as a Reichstag Fire like pretext to arrest, torture, imprison and disappear your political enemies, to totally change the constitution or existing laws, granting supreme powers to the authoritarian, and for the most part ends opposition, dissent and in many cases freedom of the press. An unsuccessful coup is in most cases a calamity for any hope of democracy. (i.e., from Trujillo to more recently Erdogan).

Here the situation is reversed, with the conservatives attempting and failing, and we do need to call them out as fascists and wake people up about the fragility of our democracy. We have the trumpification of our institutions, law enforcement, etc... and this must worry us deeply.

I don't mean to be such a stickler for details, but closely reading and listening to Masha Gessen, Timothy Snyder and Ruth Ben-Ghiat over the past two months has made me realize we need to choose our words very carefully, and be very specific, rather than overgeneralizing, about what we are describing when we discuss what is happening in our country.

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