THE ATTACK ON THE US CAPITOL: A PROVISIONAL REPORT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR EUROPE
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The events at the US Capitol on January 6 2021 have both a backstory and an afterlife The movement that erupted that day has not gone away For the moment, the event has slipped largely out of view, at least as concerns the American media But the interests and actors that created it continue, if the actions and inactions of Republican Party politics on the national, state and local levels are any indication Since it appears there will be no political accountability for the January 6 insurrection, we need both a forensic account of what actually occurred as well as an exploration of what legal, constitutional, and political protections exist that could help prevent an even more dangerous event from occurring on January 6, 2025.
Ellen Hinsey is an American poet, writer, and currently visiting professor at the University of Göttingen. Her most recent books include Mastering the Past: Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and the rise of Illiberalism (2017), The Illegal Age (2018), and Magnetic North: Conversations with Tomas Venclova (2017) on ethics, dissidence, and democracy.
Andrew Majeske is associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His publications span law, literature, political theory, and philosophy of science. His recent essay “Donald Trump, American Caesarism & the Legacy of Leo Strauss” appeared in American Studies Journal and is available online.