In this piece for The Economist Lawrence Douglas paints the terrifyingly plausible series of steps Trump could take from election day to engineer a “full-blown crisis of succession.” Here is one ominous passage:
The new Congress—sworn in just three days earlier, on January 3rd—confronts an astonishing situation: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have each submitted conflicting electoral certificates. The election hangs in the balance.
Pessimism about America’s future is in vogue, but while Luce is accurate about the short-term politics, I am cautious with simplistic accounts of American decline. Whatever America’s domestic problems, it is still far and away the world’s most powerful military and financial power. Its economic position has been eroding since WW2 but is still formidable. It borders no threatening states (unlike the Ottomans) and is technologically advanced. Declinists must square this with today’s turmoil.