Opinion

American Democracy: A Status Check

Produced by ‘The Argument’

Just how much trouble is American democracy in? When we look to 2024, it’s easy to focus on the doomsday scenario: an election where legitimate results get thrown out. But our democracy has been eroding for years — and we’ve never been an equal democracy for everyone in the first place.

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Host Jane Coaston discusses the state of the U.S. democracy and whether Jan. 6 was a turning point with Masha Gessen, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and Corey Robin, a political scientist at Brooklyn College.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • “We Won’t Know the Exact Moment When Democracy Dies” by Masha Gessen

  • “By Declaring Victory, Donald Trump Is Attempting An Autocratic Breakthrough” with the interview with Bálint Magyar, by Masha Gessen

  • “The Anatomy of Post-Communist Regimes” by Bálint Magyar

  • “Trump and the Trapped Country” by Corey Robin

(A full transcript of the episode will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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