It *Can* Happen Here

Are you worried, as I am, that fascism is coming to America? In 1935, the great Sinclair Lewis, worried about the same thing, wrote “It Can’t Happen Here,” a scary novel showing precisely how it could happen in the United States. The book is experiencing a new surge in popularity. The ascendance of Trump is, of course, what’s fueling that rise. As Beverly Gage writes in a review essay in today’s New York Times Book Review, “We have already experienced some of what Lewis describes in the first third of the book: a blustery populist candidate rising, against all odds, to the presidency of the United States. Now the great question is whether or not we are moving into Lewis’s terrifying future.” See her essay here — and go read the book if you want to recognize more warning signs of where we’re headed.

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