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“There is hope, people”
Listen to Timothy Snyder
I know I cover a lot of bad news and chaos, but I would not be doing this if I had no hope. This is an excellent reminder that there are large scale movements that indicate fascism and autocracy has at least gotten a punch in the nose.
Putin blew it in Ukraine and he knows it. And Trump is indeed done, it’s just a matter of how long it takes the rest of the cult to figure it out. However, hope is not a plan or a management strategy. Hope will not get us votes, stop the flow of disinformation or put pressure on the DOJ to make arrests. In short:
Without hope there is no reason to act, but without action there is no reason to hope.
I wrote this almost six months ago. We got partway there and then stopped.
The hope we all felt with the January 6th Committee, the indictments of the Proud Boys and Oathkeepers, and the investigations being opened against Trump all seemed to indicate that some kind of accountability might happen.
It has not.
Nonetheless, the red wave did not materialize. The election system held up fine. Chaos has not descended on America. There IS hope. But until Merrick Garland starts making real moves to bring the criminals that are continuing to execute an attempted overthrow of the government, hope is all we will have.
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