David Frum, former George W. Bush speechwriter who spun the Axis of Evil meme, opens his Atlantic piece, “How to Build an Autocracy,” with “It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th President has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm … ”
Frum describes in riveting flow how institutions vital to democracy may be diminished — Congress, constructive political opposition, media and more.
Like Frum, I see 2018 as a period of deepened conflict. Unprecedented may become the most relied on adjective of this era.