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âWhat makes Trump immune is that he is not a president within the context of a healthy Republican government. He is a cult leader of a movement that has taken over a political party â and he specifically campaigned on a platform of one-man rule. This fact permeates âCan It Happen Here? . . . which concludes, if you read between the lines, that âitâ already has.â â New York Times Book Review
"Several of the contributors...agree that American politics is susceptible to creeping authoritarianism and provide the intellectual underpinning." â Washington Post
With the election of Donald J. Trump, many people on both the left and right feared that Americaâs 240-year-old grand experiment in democracy was coming to an end, and that Sinclair Lewisâ satirical novel, It Canât Happen Here, written during the dark days of the 1930s, could finally be coming true. Is the democratic freedom that the United States symbolizes really secure? Can authoritarianism happen in America?
Acclaimed legal scholar, Harvard Professor, and New York Times bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein queried a number of the nationâs leading thinkers. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, these distinguished thinkers and theorists explore the lessons of history, how democracies crumble, how propaganda works, and the role of the media, courts, elections, and "fake news" in the modern political landscapeâand what the future of the United States may hold.
- Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School
- Eric Posner, law professor at the University of Chicago Law School
- Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University
- Timur Kuran, economics and political science professor at Duke University
- Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard Law School
- Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York Universityâs Stern School of Business
- Jack Goldsmith, Professor at Harvard Law School, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and co-founder of Lawfare
- Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law at New York University
- Jon Elster, Professor of the Social Sciences at Columbia University
- Thomas Ginsburg, Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University
- Duncan Watts, sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research
- Geoffrey R. Stone, University of ChicagoÂ Law school professor and noted First Amendment scholar
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