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On January 6, 2021, a mob of frenzied insurrectionists, fueled by the lies of Donald J. Trump and his allies in the Republican Party, stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Their aim, it has become clear, was to overturn the outcome of a free and open election by force of violence.

Most of us are still processing what happened. It’s going to take a while-certainly months, quite possibly years. But the path forward, whatever shape it ultimately takes, must begin with a clear and honest accounting of what is actually happening in the United States.

That reality is ugly. Among its…

Zane Beal

Writer. Anthropologist. Introverted contrarian. Curious wanderer. Thoughtful humanist.

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