Dear Dispatches:

It’s going to be a hell of a year, isn’t it? I read someone who said Nazi analogy is wrong — the closer parallel is the death of the Roman Republic, which makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The end of the grand American experiment with democracy in the establishment of a dictatorial Oligarchy.

It’s a question of how much violence that unleashes. We tend to think that Civil War is a thing of the past, but some days it seems like tomorrow.

— Hank Throw