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Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America

by Cass R. Sunstein, editor,
The Florida Courier, April 20, 2018

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis responded to the Great Depression and the rise of fascism with a novel entitled "It Can't Happen Here." Lewis' cautionary tale featured Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, who ran for president of the United States against Franklin D. Roosevelt on a platform that promised a $5,000 stipend for every citizen and the return of law, order, and traditional values.


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