Below is a list of resources which may be useful in helping to understand the current state of both US and global politics.
Trump and his team have committed to certain steps that touch on some ethics and conflicts-of-interest concerns. The Trump Ethics Monitor focuses on those promises and tracks their status.
Russia and the Threat to Liberal Democracy
Larry Diamond, The Atlantic
How Vladimir Putin is making the world safe for autocracy.
America Has Never Been so Ripe for Tyranny
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
Democracies end when they are too democratic. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.
What You Need to Know About Authoritarianism (podcast)
Eric Umansky and Amanda Taub, ProPublica
Amanda Taub explores research around authoritarianism — not the political leaders who exhibit those traits, but rather what triggers people to support them.
The rise of American authoritarianism
Amanda Taub, Vox
A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what’s driving Donald Trump’s ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.
How Journalists Need to Begin Imagining the Unimaginable (podcast)
Eric Umansky and Masha Gessen, ProPublica
ProPublica’s Eric Umansky and Jesse Eisinger sat down with Gessen to talk about how exactly journalists should be covering Trump.
Autocracy: Rules for Survival
Masha Gessen, NYR Daily
I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now.