The Atlantic's David Frum on 'How to Build an Autocracy'

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U.S. President Donald Trump reads from an executive order he signed in the Oval Office of the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Image)

In the March issue of The Atlantic, senior editor David Frum imagines an America under President Donald Trump four years from now, when protests have foundered, the media have allied with the President and a weary public has grown indifferent to the loss of individual liberties. Frum says that all of this and worse could come to pass unless people exercise their “duty to resist” President Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. We speak to Frum, who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, about the vulnerabilities of democracy under the current administration and what we can do to protect it.

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David Frum, senior editor, The Atlantic; former speechwriter, George W. Bush; author, "How to Build an Autocracy," the March cover story of The Atlantic