Think of it this way. Anyone who has ever been in charge of a group of people, officially or in an informal role, instinctively reaches for more influence, more authority, more power, not necessarily because they are even greedy or malevolent or bad, but because that’s your fuel as a leader. You turn consent into action. That’s what leaders do....


... That’s how authoritarianism grows. It’s systemic and it stretches far backward in time. The time to stop Trump was when the federalists and anti-federalists were arguing in a sweaty room without electricity.

My point is that the system doesn’t need to be made bigger and more powerful after all of this is over. It needs distributed reform, away from concentrations of wealth and by extension political influence.

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