And that is where America is now. It is overthinking authoritarianism, and badly. No one is offering a new New Deal, a new Grand Bargain, and so there is nothing to galvanize people, inspire them, awaken them, so that they rise up not just against authoritarians, but for themselves, their democracy, their society. Hopeless, glum, broken, Americans sit around and tweet and lament on Facebook and Twitter — but that is how a people become defeated. What is there to fight for, if there is only something to fight against?
You beat authoritarianism by repairing the broken society that gave rise to it.