Democracy in Crisis: Jackson, Trump, Hitler, and the Seeds of Global Fascism

I’m writing this week from North Carolina, the state that may be the center of our current illiberal, anti-democratic, and yet ostensibly populist politics—the place that should be called North Coup-d’etat-arolina after the Republican legislature tried to disempower the democratically elected Democratic governor in a session from which they expelled the press and the public. It’s also the place whose racially gerrymandered congressional districts the Supreme Court just ruled unconstitutional, causing—in what may almost constitute a miracle—Clarence Thomas to side with the court’s more liberal justices.

More specifically, I am in the town of Waxhaw, which claims—although it is disputed—to be the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, seemingly the only one of his predecessors that Donald Trump admires.

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By | 2017-06-25T18:21:05+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

About the Author:

Baynard Woods
Baynard Woods founded Democracy in Crisis. He is editor at large at the Baltimore City Paper. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, Salon, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. He is the author of the book “Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff,” about a white sheriff who used hoodoo to govern a largely black county for 37 years. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, focusing on ethics and tyranny and became a reporter in an attempt to live like Socrates. He wrote the libretto for Rhymes with Opera’s climate-change opera film “Adam’s Run.”