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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