Hi Tamara, I wouldn’t say we already had oligarchy before Trump.
Timothy Snyder more accurately said that we’re “tipping toward a regime change.” It hasn't happened (yet).
For perspective: if successful, it'll be our 3rd oligarchy.
Our first oligarchy was slavery.
Our second was the age of robber barons before the New Deal. (Among other things, the New Deal strengthened a middle class).
But we didn’t come close to liberal democracy until Brown v. Board (ruling segregation illegal) ushered in the Civil Rights movement, which paved the way for women’s rights.
As women and minorities moved into positions of power, the right-wing backlash picked up momentum.
The backlash brought us Trump.
You know. Back when America was "great."
@TamaraLashchyk also asks what comes after Trump.
So outcome #1 is: Those in favor of liberal democracy vote in large enough numbers, and remain engaged enough in grassroots political organization so that we can protect democratic institutions.
In other words, someone will come along who can out Trump Trump.
Dismissing him as a blundering fool means we won’t be prepared the next time someone uses the Trump-Bolsonaro-Putin methods.
Crisis and spectacle:
“cynically using a set of fascist tactics”
Nobody wants to see a sixth grader bullied, ever, for any reason, so it’s hard to criticize her choice.
For more on a woman’s word in rape and harassment cases, see:
Is the message that people named Trump are bullied?
If so, would that include Ivanka and her father?
Melania thinks she is the “most bullied person in the world.”
Until the 1950s, the U.S. did have a hierarchy: Paternalism as upheld in the U.S. is the idea that women and all people of color are better off under the dominion of white men.
Thus the dominant group feels victimized when oppressed groups demand equality.
I believe the best way to prevent someone else coming along and out Trumping Trump is for enough people to understand his methods and why they're effective.