American Decline

Calling Trump ‘Just a Warm-Up Act,’ Professor Warns of Democratic Collapse in US

By JAKE JOHNSON Common Dreams

“By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship,” writes a longtime scholar of violent conflict.

In a matter of years, the United States’ deeply flawed and increasingly fragile democratic system could collapse under the weight of a long-running reactionary onslaught and be replaced by a right-wing dictatorship—one for which former President Donald Trump was “just a warm-up act.”

“Willingness to publicly endorse the Big Lie has become a litmus test of Republican loyalty to Mr. Trump.”

Such was the stark warning that Thomas Homer-Dixon, executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University and a scholar of violent conflict, delivered in an exhaustive op-ed published in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

Homer-Dixon, the former head of a center on peace and conflict studies at the University of Toronto, warned that the “political and social landscape” of the U.S.—a profoundly unequal and ideologically polarized nation that also happens to be “armed to the teeth”—is “flashing with warning signals.”

“By 2025,” he wrote. “American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship.”

Arguing that prominent reactionary figures such as the late right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh and Trump—who awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020—”are as much symptoms” of U.S. political dysfunction as its causes, Homer-Dixon contended that the nation’s present crises have their roots in myriad historical phenomena:

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  1. ‘Baloney! ‘. Remember the Alamo! Live under iron-clad US Constitution laws ‘n rules – honor-bound! Isn’t everyone sick ‘n tired of anyone ‘n everyone “doing their own thing” ? This ‘new’ “living by ‘ur own ‘ (jerk) momentum is completely unreal for any country to survive – or it’s people. ! When attempted -as of now- ‘u end up with a dictatorship- as we will do now if someone – like DJTrump- isn’t successfully , ‘n honestly, placed in charge of the future- in place of the Soros, Hilary, ‘n Pelosi’s of our “so-called “ learned justice of our present day Socialist “Polititians”. – Baloney!

  2. “American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence”

    You mean like the last two years? Cities burning? Republicans being murdered in the street? An election stolen?

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