In which I become a Hobbesian


It’s a deeply frustrating moment to be a political scientist. We know what is happening. We have seen the processes, we have watched them unfold over time and named them and made appropriate historical comparisons. We have tried to sound alarms all along the way. We have had unprecedented access and opportunity through social media to provide education and facilitate mobilization in real time during a period of authoritarian consolidation—a phenomenon we actually know quite a lot about and can effectively predict (there aren’t that many things in poli sci about which one can say the same.) We’ve never known…

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