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How Trump Could Build an Autocracy

A Conversation with David Frum and Scott Stossel

Feb 16, 2017 • 7:00 pm ET
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“Over the past generation, we have seen ominous indicators of a breakdown of the American political system,” writes David Frum in his cover story “How to Build an Autocracy” in the latest issue of The Atlantic.

The piece comes at a critical time in our history, as a confluence of factors have made the country’s democratic institutions ripe on what some would say is perilous footing. As President Trump implements his agenda for the country, Frum writes, it will be up to the public and to Congress to push for checks and balances.

Frum, an Atlantic senior editor and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, joins The Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel to discuss why he believes President Trump could lead our democracy to an autocracy, and what it could mean for the future of the Republic.