Yascha Mounk is the author of The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It. (April 2018)

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Can Liberal Democracy Survive Social Media?

Secret Service agents in New York for a special fundraising performance of the Broadway musical Hamilton attended by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, July 12, 2016

The rise of the Internet and social media has created a giant mismatch between the direct efficiency of our digital lives and the cumbersome inefficiency of our formal institutions—and that has accentuated the contrast between our system’s promise to let the people rule and the reality that the people rarely feel as though they can have a real impact on the most important decisions facing their country. As a result, the ideological foundations of our political system, liberal democracy itself, are rapidly eroding.

If Trump Fires Mueller…

House Democrats Jan Schakowsky, Val Demings, John Sarbanes, and Jackie Speier holding a news conference in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., December 21, 2107

We are hurtling toward yet another constitutional crisis, and supposedly moderate Republicans are refusing to do anything about it. Fox News and other conservative media outlets have been smearing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, all but calling him an enemy of the American people. We are, in other words, once again reaching the point when something that had seemed outlandish a few short months ago is starting to feel virtually inescapable. Now that the outriders have done their work, there is every chance that President Trump will fire Mueller within the next month. It is anybody’s guess who will win the next round in the death match between the president and the American republic.