The attack on the US Congress on January 6 must have been as ordered for Anne Applebaum's latest book, The swan song of democracy. The agitation that led to the siege of the Capitol is in many ways the proof Applebaum – and as far as many of us others – have feared, but also waited for. The difference is that Anne Applebaum notified us even before Trump was elected President of the United States. Without the attack, it was easy to dismiss her claims that Trump's policies and behavior could lead to the end of the Western regime, its hegemony and guideline as we have known it since World War II.
Now we have the bottom line: The man has gone too far, but his populist electorate is by no means gone. And worse.
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