Why January 6 Was an Inflection Point in U.S. History

U.S. democracy ultimately prevailed last year but America’s allies – and enemies – now know just how precarious it is, even if it is not yet on the verge of becoming an ‘anocracy’

Alon Pinkas
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Alon Pinkas

On January 6, 2021, the United States of America experienced an attempted coup d’état. It wasn’t anything like a Third World coup with tanks, but effectively that’s what it was.

On that day a year ago, the U.S. came very close to devolving from a stable democracy to an authoritarian presidency when an incited crowd, encouraged to be there, tried to upend democratic election results.

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