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[civil unrest & political implications] Kenosha

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Another innocent* black man shot by police (thankfully he lived...).

More protests that sadly turned violent/destructive (two killed).

My fear is that continued incidents like these will actually make it more likely that Trump will be re-elected... Fear is a powerful force, and the events of last night played right into the hands of those attempting to sow anxiety in the hearts of the American people.

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This is how dictatorships begin...

This is from a 2013 article:

  • Bad economic policies and foreign policies can cause crises that have dangerous political consequences.
  • Politicians commonly demand arbitrary power to deal with a national emergency and restore order, even though underlying problems are commonly caused by bad government policies.
  • In hard times, many people are often willing to go along with and support terrible things that would be unthinkable in good times.
  • Those who dismiss the possibility of a dictatorial regime in America need to consider possible developments that could make our circumstances worse and politically more volatile than they are now – like runaway government spending, soaring taxes, more wars, inflation and economic collapse.
  • Aspiring dictators sometimes give away their intentions by their evident desire to destroy opponents.
  • There’s no reliable way to prevent bad or incompetent people from gaining power.
  • A political system with a separation of powers and checks & balances – like the U.S. Constitution – does make it more difficult for one branch of government to dominate the others.
  • Ultimately, liberty can be protected only if people care enough to fight for it, because everywhere governments push for more power, and they never give it up willingly.

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