Aug 16, 2023Liked by David A. Bell

A really interesting question David. The results of such public trials are preordained. The National Assembly was not going to spare the king and the US Senate would not convict Trump. Then what? How should societies handle despots -- particularly someone like Trump who is planning a comeback and who has already declared his intention to dedicate his 2nd term to revenge. Should we just hope he doesn't get elected? Hasn't the experience of modern democracies showed us repeatedly that crooks, demagogues, and racists can get elected and then destroy democracy? The legal system is the last defense -- the only thing that can spare us from the fate of Russia, Turkey, Hungary etc.

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I agree that in our current mess there is probably no alternative to putting him on trial. Unfortunately, I don't think the legal system is actually going to be the last defense. I doubt he will actually be convicted anywhere before election day, or, even if he is, actually serve time in prison. And the trials will make him much worse, if that is possible, if he gets back into office.

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