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January 6



  • It’s 2086. This Is What American History Could Look Like

    by Jon Grinspan and Peter Manseau

    Think it's ridiculous that the likes of "QAnon Shaman" could be venerated and memorialized in 75 years? Think about Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. The "judgment of history" depends on action today.



  • The Dangerous “Patriotism” of the January 6 Insurrection

    by Ben Railton

    The participants in the attack on the Capitol a year ago reflected a "mythic patriotism" founded on the belief in an authentic, white, Christian nation under attack by enemies dangerous enough to justify any measures in opposition. 



  • Why Didn't January 6 Force Moderation on the Republicans?

    "So there was a moment after January 6, where it seemed like the right was ready to disown Trump. They were ready to disown everybody who was involved in January 6. And for all kinds of reasons that was a very brief window that didn’t last."


  • A Year Later: Our Tattered and Fragile Democracy

    by James D. Zirin

    American political institutions face a crisis: can they defend themselves against a growing movement that will deploy violence to achieve its goals, or will January 6 become the new normal? 



  • Right-Wing Ideologues Turn Aggressors Into Victims

    by Waitman Wade Beorn

    "Allowing the right to weave pernicious counternarratives and to create saints from sinners will only embolden future Ashli Babbitts and spawn more violence. "



  • How Historians Helped Convince Big Business Trump Was Dangerous

    Historian Timothy Snyder recounts his role in a November 2020 presentation to business leaders about the authoritarian danger reflected in Trump's lies about the "stolen" election. Did a potential coup fail because CEOs thought it was bad for business? Or is there a change afoot in corporate citizenship?



  • Is the Constitutional Crisis Already Here?

    by Robert Kagan

    "The Framers did not establish safeguards against the possibility that national-party solidarity would transcend state boundaries because they did not imagine such a thing was possible."