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In 1935, as fascism cast a shadow over the world, Nobel-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis cranked out a short, dystopian novel about the rise of a demagogue to become America’s first dictator. It Can’t Happen Here became an enormous best-seller, which Lewis adapted into a hit Broadway play for the following election year (as our Joe Conason recounted in his 2007 book, It Can Happen Here.) With the rise of an authoritarian candidate 80 years later, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm performed a scene from the play at a recent Broadway fundraiser for the Clinton campaign. It is still powerful and compelling. Just click.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Jason Miller

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Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

If there's anything that right-wing chat platforms promising uncensored "free speech" like Gab and Parler have proven, it's that such predicates ensure the platforms will quickly be inundated with the worst people in the world—bigots spewing death threats, hatemongers, disinformation artists, conspiracy theorists, vile misogynists, and terrorists of all stripes. The kind of clients that will doom such networks to permanent deplatforming.

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