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AUTOCROMETER - HOW FAR ALONG IS THE U.S.?Short link:
bit.ly/TSKAutocrats
DATEAUTOCRACY LEVELREASON FOR CHANGE
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NOT AT ALL AUTOCRATIC
FULL AUTOCRACY
11/12/1612%First reading
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More about this spreadsheet, the reasons behind it, and a FAQ ---->
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q1q_47LlD1wFhURilNj6IByaEbolkWs6swzRywzoyCk/edit
11/14/1612%Appointment of Bannon; Trump requests security clearancs for his children; increased levels of uncoordinated violence and intimidation
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See additional tabs for more details. Please leave comments if you believe they will be constructive. Contributions will not be credited, to protect anonymity. Thx!11/15/1612%
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DISCLAIMER: The keeper of this spreadsheet has no special qualifications to make these determinations, and is happy that people with credible qualifications are stepping in fill this role.11/16/1612%
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11/17/1620%Deepening pattern of Trump ignoring the press. Purging transition team of those with governmental experience in favor of loyalists. Public voicing of plan for Muslim registry.
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AUTOCRACY: WHAT TO LOOK FORAre we there yet?11/18/1623%Trump appoints Senator Jeff Sessions, historically hostile to policies enacted to protect minorities, as Attorney General. Strong indications that Lt. Gen. Michael J. Flynn, who believes that Islamist militancy is an immediate existential threat, will be appointed as national security advisor.
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0RESISTANCEMajor acts and developments which may help thwart the complete consolidation of powerACTIVEMAXNOW
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1FEARStoking fear, especially of "The Other"Yep!101011/19/1626%Trump characterizes expression of concern by cast of "Hamilton" to incoming VP Mike Pence as harrassment. Mainstream Republicans increasingly embracing Trump, even as alarm grows elsewhere.
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2EXECUTIVE POWERGain executive power, with autocratic intentYep!101011/20/16
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3NEUTRALIZE PRESSWeaken then eliminate non-governmental powers, especially the free press. [Feb 2, 2017]: limit access to information and use propaganistic techniques to erode sense of "truth," and create world of "alternative facts"Yep!201911/21/1630%Increasing evidence that Trump will abuse his power. Troubling signs that the legislature and judiciary will not act as a check against abuses of exective power. Dressing down of major press organizations at Trump Tower.
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4VIOLENCEUse and/or encourage violence to suppress and intimidate, including government and non-government forces/individualsYep!302811/22/1629%Declaration by Trump via Kellyanne Conway that he does not want to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton. Trump apparently cancels but then conducts interview with NY Times.
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5NEUTRALIZE JUDICIARYWeaken (or eliminate) the judiciaryKavanaugh confirmation will effectively seal it302911/23/1629%
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6NEUTRALIZE LEGISLATUREWeaken (or eliminate) the legislature / [Jan 2, 2017] Cultivate a complicit legislatureYep!302811/24/1629%
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7DEHUMANIZEBan classes of people from holding public office to stifle dissent, and/or specifically restrict their civil rightsYep!353311/25/1629%
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8SWEEPING POWERPass laws granting sweeping powers [Jan 26, 2017] ...or Overstep, ignore, or break existing laws and governing rulesYep!353511/26/1629%
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9BAN OPPOSITIONOutright ban of the opposition [July 17, 2017] ...including legalized election riggingYep!403811/27/1629%
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10FULL AUTOCRACYWidespread, unvarnished exercise of power, enabled by unrestrained violenceVERY CLOSE24023011/28/1629%
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11/29/1630%Accumulation of corroborating information, with relatively few signs of significant pushback. Repeated statements and behavior threatening to freedom of speech and press.
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DEFUSING AND RESISTING AUTOCRACY11/30/1630%
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1RAISE AWARENESS12/1/1632%Trump continues to attack the press and freedom of expression, presents a number of demonstrably untrue statements as fact, and makes jingoistic appeals at rally in Cincinnati. Republican Senators do not join request to declassify information related to potential Russian interference in the election.
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2PERSUADE OTHERS THAT THE POTENTIAL THREAT IS REAL12/2/1633%House Science Committee tweets discredited Breitbart article. Member of Trump's inner circle states that NY Times editor should be in jail for publishing information about Trump. Potential that North Carolina gubernatorial results will be effectively nullified by unfounded "voter fraud" claims.
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3REFUSE TO NORMALIZE12/3/1633%
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4RESIST WITH SPEECH12/4/1633%
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5RESIST WITH ACTION12/5/1633%
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6PROTECT YOUR FELLOW HUMANS12/6/1633%
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AUTOCRACY: RULES FOR SURVIVAL (from Masha Gessen-->)
http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html
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1BELIEVE THE AUTOCRAT12/9/1633%
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2DO NOT BE FOOLED BY SMALL SIGNS OF NORMALITY12/10/1635%CIA leak re: Russian interference to help swing election to Trump. Senator McConnell's role in keeping the information from the public before the election. Selection of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Continued accumulation of conflicts of interest, disturbing rhetoric, and violent incidents (most notably the "pizzagate" gunman).
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3INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT SAVE YOU12/11/1634%Joint Senate statement re: Russian election interference. Skepticism voiced by popular right-wing radio host about same.
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4BE OUTRAGED12/12/1634%
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5DON'T MAKE COMPROMISES12/13/1634%
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6REMEMBER THE FUTURE12/14/1635%Continued denials by Trump and many Republican leaders (and right-leaning members of the public) to acknowledge or take seriously the implications of Russia hacking the U.S. elections. Signs that incoming administration will purge the government of perceived opponents. Continued and sustained attacks on media and social media platforms.
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12/16/1636%No significant signs that Republican leaders or Trump voters on the whole will challenge or question the new administration in any significant way. Despite heavy public pressure, North Carolina Republicans pass laws to strip incoming Democratic governor of powers.
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12/17/1635%California leaders prepare to resist. Tech companies declare they will not work on a Muslim registry.
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12/19/1637%Reportage re: Trump's private security detail. Trump voted into office by Electoral College. Potential for a major shift in the judiciary towards Trump-compliant judgeship appointments.
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12/22/1638%Increasing evidence that Trump is intimidating those within the Republican party into supporting his policies and decisions. Continued pattern of right-wing echo chamber activating its adherants to actively threaten individuals and organizations. Trump statements indicating his resolve to create a Muslim registry. Overall continued lack of any meaningful opposition, particularly on the right.
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12/31/1639%Continued behavior and statements by Trump indicating a dictatorial and "zero sum" mindset. No meaningful opposition in sight, particularly among Republican legislators.
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1/2/1741%Indications that Republican legislators are primarily concerned with maintaining their own power and advancing their personal interests, and no signs that they are concerned with the welfare of the majority of U.S. citizens. Increasing liklihood that the judiciary will be significantly weakened by a flood of Trump appointees. Acute ineffectivceness of the press as a check on power.
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1/5/1742%Increasing signs that the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will move in lockstep with Trump. Prospect of Trump overhauling intelligence agencies. Troubling signs about the near-future direction of the judiciary.
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1/6/1743%More signs that GOP-controlled House of Representatives will move in lockstep with Trump. Continued refusal of Trump to acknowledge role of Russian hacking in U.S. election. Resignation of James Woolsey. No sign that Trump voters are anything but satisfied with their choice. Continued lack of a press conference, and sustained Trump pettiness and vindictiveness.
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1/7/1745%Senate plan to ram through Trump appointees through confirmation process. Trump's continued dismissals of Russian hacking.
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1/11/1746%Trump press conference. No signs that Trump feels deterred by anything, or is willing to be held accountable by anyone.
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1/12/1750%Continued unyielding support of Trump support. Continued erosion of the press, and discouraging behavior from GOP-controlled congress. Sessions' stated views about inability of secularists to serve in government. Clear indications that Trump administration will be dangerously corrupt.
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1/13/1753%Indications that Trump may be gearing up to consolidate his personal power throug the military; potential re-opening of Hillary Clinton prosection; increasingly erratic and bellicose statements; stepped-up legislative bulldozing
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1/14/1753%Trump reaction to Rep. John Lewis's statement; Human Rigths Watch statement; proposed State of Arizona legislation that would broadly curtail academic freedoms/speech. Transition team backs off on desire to relieve D.C. National Guard general on Inauguration Day.
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1/15/1754%Increasingly hostile and adversarial relationship with the press; continued distrurbing lack of concern, and more often complicity, from the political right.
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1/17/1755%Trump hails the arrival of "Bikers for Trump" in D.C. for Inaugural weekend; continued aggressive tone, bordering on unhinged, particularly towards the media.
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1/19/1758%Sustained attacks on the press. Railroading of Trump nominees through confirmation hearings. Impending dismantling of wide swaths of the federal government, particularly those parts that allow the government to act as a check against other powers, and abusive individuals. More states passing laws that effectively criminalize peaceful protest.
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"American carnage" Inaugural speech; no change in Autocrometer
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11/21/1758%Women's March events across U.S. and throughout the world; press secretary Sean Spicer tells falsehood to media; no change
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Kellyanne Conway makes case for "alternative facts"
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31/23/1761%Spicer press conference continues to erode concepts of "truth" and "facts." Last Senate holdout, Marco Rubio, agrees to confirm nominee Tillerson despite overwhelming public disapproval and concern over his ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, role as an oil company executve.
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51/25/1766%Immigration enforcement act contains measures threatening to sanctuary cities, group of cities vow to fight measures; crackdown on information coming from governemnt agencies; Trump vows to investigate and crack down on "voter fraud"; GOP congressional leader declares that Trump, not media, is the source of "truth"
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61/26/1767%Bannon statement that the press is the enemy; resignations/purge of the state department;
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91/29/1770%Muslim ban. Refusal of DHS to obey judicial stay; omission of judicial branch on White House website. Continued sharp attacks on the press. Positives: protests throughout the country.
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101/30/1773%Monday night massacre firings; increasingly dictatorial language by administration and attacks on press; violence perpetrated against Muslims in the wake of immigration EO; administration ignoring court order.
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111/31/1773%Resistance
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182/7/1774%DeVos confirmation; continued attacks on the press; renewed attacks on voting rights; amping up of fear
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242/13/1771%Judiciary standing firm. Cracks showing in administration. Resignation of Flynn. Continued and mounting resistance, and signs that such resistance is effective.
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5/17/1777%FBI director James Comey fired by Trump, evidently because the Trump-Russia investigation was closing in. Trump meets with Russian intel figure in Oval Office, barring U.S. press but allowing Russian government media to be present, divulges sensitive intel given to U.S. by Isreal. GOP and 40% of the country who voted for Trump are fine with all of this, and more.
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Wide pattern of bigoted state lawmaking, uptick in violence
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