Source: Donald Trump and the Authoritarian Temptation – The Atlantic
The candidate has exposed in America the tension between elections and values—just like the Arab Spring did.
What if voters don’t want to be liberal and vote accordingly?
When the stakes are high, there is more to lose, and if there is more to lose, those on the losing end of a ballot box have powerful incentives to play “spoiler.” Fortunately, in the post-Civil War United States, the stakes have never reached what political scientist Barry Weingast calls the “threshold” at which citizens decide to defend themselves through extra-constitutional means, including by appealing for the military to take sides. This, in part, is why (good) constitutions are so important: They lower the stakes, reassuring citizens that even if their preferred party loses the election, it’s still just that—an election.