The Inflection Election
Democracy or Fascism in 2024?
Mark Green, Jamie Raskin
- 240 Pages
- April 30, 2024
- ISBN: 9781510780835
- Imprint: Skyhorse Publishing
- Trim Size: 5.5in x 8.25in x 0in
"We are at an inflection point."
Director James Cameron said his film Titanic was "like a great novel that really happened.” Ditto Trumpism the Sequel, as Trump is now plausibly hopeful of being the next GOP president as well as plausibly fearful of conviction and incarceration.
The Inflection Election: Democracy or Fascism? aims to warn busy and credulous Americans that 2024 will be an inflection election between a Party of Progress and a Party of Dangerous Extremism that, as this book explains throughout, is built on four cornerstones: lies, lawlessness, violence, and racism. To help stop that new threat, anxious Democrats could use a new vocabulary to aggressively decode MAGA radicalism in order to woo "soft Republicans" and undecided Independents.
This is not a "both-sides" analysis by a journalistic spectator, but is instead a “ one-sided" guide by a progressive partisan—for Democracy and against the Far Right.
While neither side has a prohibitive advantage as of mid-2024, the stakes are no mystery. If the GOP should now win both the White House and Congress—with a revanchist Supreme Court already in its column—a numerical minority of Americans would then enjoy a temporary governing majority that could cancel a century of progress and make the world’s oldest democracy no longer democratic. There must be a word that binds together such crazy-talk but it sure isn't "conservative" in the way Eisenhower, Reagan, or the Bushes would have understood it. For if all the radical policies and threats described throughout The Inflection Election were aggregated into a pointillist painting, the portrait would resemble Orban far more than Obama.
This is extremism posing as patriotism. It's tempting merely to shout, in the words of John McEnroe, “You. Cannot. Be. Serious!” That would be satisfying, but reckless. Instead, crushing it in 2024 is the best way to return to a healthy two-party system where losers respect the choice of voters, like in the good old days of 1789-2020. In a likely close 2024 national contest, The Inflection Election will be an entertaining and informative manifesto suggesting fresh language and narratives to keep Democrats on offense and Trump’s MAGA party on the ropes. By Nov. 3, either a progressive majority believing in laws and elections or a violence-prone Neo-Fascism will likely steer the country for decades to come. It's either/or time.
Rep. Jamie Raskin is in his fourth term representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Rep. Raskin is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability in his fourth term serving on the Oversight Committee. Previously Rep. Raskin served three terms on the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee on House Administration. He served two terms on the Rules Committee and the Coronavirus Select Subcommittee. Rep. Raskin was the lead impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump and served on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he also served as the Senate Majority Whip. Rep. Raskin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review.
“Who Runs Congress? is a highly readable and often entertaining cataloguing of congressional sin, arrogance and unresponsiveness.”—New Republic
“Altogether persuasive…an excellent book.”—John Kenneth Galbraith, NYTimes Book Review, on The Other Government
“When I’m your president, Mark’s transition volume, Changing America—grounded in the primary value of Democracy—will be used to help America live up to her highest ideals of democracy and responsibility.”—Bill Clinton, during his 1992 campaign
“Mark is one of the best liberal debaters on television today.”—Larry King
“Mark Green is one of the leading politicians and advocates in the country. I believe that someday he’ll be president of New York City.” —Chris Rock
“Mark has survived a lifetime in politics by holding on to his wit, grit, heart and values. His beautifully written memoir tells what it feels like to battle for your beliefs … from someone who’s done it.”—George Stephanopoulos on Bright Infinite Future