Sympathy for Ashli Babbitt

“I can’t believe this is reality.” I do not know his name or anything else about the young man who shouted this on Wednesday afternoon as he entered the Capitol, his voice combining lunatic urgency with the boredom of someone playing a video game. But one thing I do know is that he is likely […]

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Twitter silences a dangerous president

Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump’s account, and it honestly comes as a relief. We’re going to need to have a longer conversation, soon, about what it means that a giant corporation can effectively silence the president of the United States if it chooses. But under the circumstances — with five people having died this […]

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A Grieving Father, Under Siege

As the mob seized the Capitol, Jamie Raskin thought not of himself, but of his younger daughter, Tabitha, who had asked him not to go to work that day. “This is an essential constitutional moment,” he had told her. Rather than stay home, he proposed another idea: What if she came along? When Raskin, the […]

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The bloody power of symbolic gestures

The events of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 were not an attempted coup. Words mean things, and it’s extremely important that we get our concepts right. A coup is an elite action, when people near the seat of power (usually senior members of the military) defy the law to overthrow a government and install another in […]

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Actually, this is who we are

As pro-Trump insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, you heard the same refrain from commentators and elected officials over and over again — that this isn’t the kind of thing that happens in America, that this looked like the situation in some war-torn foreign country, that we’re better than this. “The scenes of chaos […]

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Scenes From an American Coup

This afternoon, a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol, where Congress had convened to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. The insurrectionists clashed with police, scaled walls, broke windows, and carried Confederate and Trump flags throughout the Capitol’s halls. Members of Congress and their staffers sheltered in place before being evacuated from […]

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The stunning failure of the Capitol police

A fascist pro-Trump mob attempted a putsch against the government of the United States Wednesday. Congress was certifying the Electoral College results, which several Republican lawmakers had planned to protest, when the mob stormed the Capitol building. Despite consisting of perhaps a thousand people at the most, they overwhelmed police barricades, broke into the building, […]

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Georgia’s Billion-Dollar Bonfire

Here are some of the ways that $443,210,038.26 could have been spent in the state of Georgia in 2020. Each time someone filed for unemployment—4.2 million claims have been processed since March, more than the past nine years combined—that person could have received a $100 bill. Roughly 100,000 of the state’s 1.4 million residents who […]

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