Clippings: “Populist Authoritarianism” (Aug. 28, 2018)

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“America’s adversaries believe that it is still both safe and effective to
attack U.S. democracy using American technologies and the freedoms
we cherish… leaving us unprepared to protect the 2018 elections.”

-Alex Samos, former chief security officer, Facebook


Populist Authoritarianism. See “The Great Alignment: Race, Party Trans­formation,
and the Rise of Donald Trump; The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America;
The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics” at:

The Threat Is Real. Some of my colleagues in our local Indivisible group
think of me as an optimist. But I’m not in denial, which is why I worry about the
November elections. Paul Krugman argues that we’re close to becoming another
Poland or Hungary. For more on this read “Why It Can Happen Here” at:
We’re very close to becoming another Poland or Hungary.

Aux Armes, Citoyens (“Marseilles”). Can we count on Facebook and company
to defend us from cyberwarfare? Just asking: “Tech firms step up to confront online threats.
But some ask, what about the White House?” at:

Socialism. Full Disclosure: The first thing I did when I got to college in
the Fall of 1963 was to join the Yale Socialist Union. Clearly, I was ahead of my time:
“The New Socialists: Why the pitch from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders
Resonates in 2018” at:

(Thanks to Jerry Gordon for sharing this article with me)