Is the United States on the brink of authoritarianism? A shockingly large number of commentators seem to think so. This would appear to suggest that we should take the threat very seriously indeed — except for one crucially important consideration: Those raising alarms can be found on both sides of the political spectrum, with each camp pointing to its ideological opposite as the source of the impending breakdown of democracy and advent of tyranny in America.
That highlights another, deeper problem that threatens a very different, though no less catastrophic, outcome.
The center-left has been making versions of the authoritarian argument from the very start of the Trump administration.