It Can’t Happen Here

And so it begins:

American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call “alarming” intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned.

Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here is an overwrought alternate-future novel about the rise of a fascist state in the U.S. Written during an era where a significant portion of the American right saw nothing wrong with fascism, it was soon overtaken by events and nowadays seems farfetched and silly. Doesn’t it?

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One Response to It Can’t Happen Here

  1. shunn says:

    Completely farfetched

    “We are reviewing the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the election,” says Brian Roehrkasse, a [Department of] Homeland [Security] spokesman.

    Secure it for whom?

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