If the Republican Party continues to exist, our representative democracy will be dead

The gradual devolution of the Republican party into an authoritarian ethno-nationalist movement that rejects most of the basic tenets of liberal democracy implicates what Karl Popper called the paradox of tolerance: a movement that doesn’t accept the legitimacy of our current political system is a movement whose legitimacy can’t be accepted by that system, either, assuming the system isn’t interested in committing suicide.

Liberal democracy and the current incarnation of the Republican party cannot co-exist for much longer. One of them must be destroyed; and the Democratic party’s standard bearer needs to understand this above all.