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Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

Key insights from David Frum's

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic


Key insights from David Frum's

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

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A former White House speechwriter outlines the dangers of President Trump’s rise to power.

<p>When Donald Trump was elected President, Americans began to realize that the very criticisms they had lobbed against failed democracies around the world were now relevant to their own situation. Despite his questionable ties with Russia and other alleged infractions, Trump’s greatest damage is to the institution of leadership and its foundation of truth. Here, we examine Trump’s lies and nurse the wounds they have inflicted, all in the name of a hopeful recovery.</p><br>

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  • Want to understand how and why Donald Trump is such a threat to democracy
  • Are worried about the future of American politics
  • Care about the value of truth in a time of lies
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Introduction

Democracy has taken centuries to define, uphold, and enact, but it seems all that work is being undone in the course of a single presidency. A sad trend has taken hold of the present century, under the cover of which democracy is crumbling and being replaced by authoritarian regimes with little interest in the voices of their people. We’ve seen this trend in South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, Venezuela, Russia, the Philippines, and, since the election of 2016, in the United States.

Donald Trump’s presidency has been met with a wide array of reactions; the most dangerous among them...

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