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Saturday, May 19, 2018

It *could* happen here

As Trump and Giuliani cook up ever more tortured scenarios to delegitimize the Mueller investigation, scenarios that most Republicans are actually buying, I'm reminded of an old book ...

It Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis .... Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a politician who defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion ...

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