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Dark Shadows

For most Americans, the election of our 45th President was a traumatic break with every value a democratic nation needs to survive. What to do to stanch the bleeding of justice has become the maddening question of our time.

Short of taking two Advil for 1,460 days, I am taking a long view of the crisis to understand the ways in which decades of increasing inequality, consumerism, and distraction have made our democracy so vulnerable. These essays examine the clues as we wait out the interregnum until 2020.