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“The bad guys are winning”

November 17, 2021

As I read Anne Applebaum’s bleak essay, point by point I sometimes thought of amplification. And nary a refutation. This is not a war where we might be conquered by the army of some hated enemy. This is a turn in the world, where all that Applebaum describes eventually seems so normal that it would be pollyannish to think the world could be otherwise. And in that eventually, the expansive view of democracy that peaked in the 20th c. will seem as quaint as Victorian gender norms. 

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