Trump's Allies Are Forming a "Government-in-Waiting" in Anticipation of His Election
The far-right is organized, well-funded, and determined. We need to know what we're facing.
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The Claremont Institute: The Anti-Democracy Think Tank (The New Republic)
This article by investigative journalist Katherine Stewart is assiduously researched and deeply concerning.
This long read is well worth your time. It helps you understand the urgent if relatively unknown threat that a well-monied far-right think tank—the Claremont Institute— poses to democracy. As Stewart explains below, the folks with the most extreme and backward ideas about humanity and government are not that far away from being installed in powerful political positions.
Extremism of the right-wing variety has always figured on the sidelines of American culture, and it has enjoyed a renaissance with the rise of social media. But Claremont represents something new in modern American politics: a group of people, not internet conspiracy freaks but credentialed and influential leaders, who are openly contemptuous of democracy. And they stand a reasonable chance of being seated at the highest levels of government—at the right hand of a President Trump or a President DeSantis, for example.