How America could become a dictatorship in 10 years, according to Jared Diamond

Historian Jared Diamond (author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Upheaval) explains how the US could become a dictatorship in 10 years. He says the main reason is the breakdown of political compromise in recent years.

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Reductress takes on abortion ban with caustic satirical stories

Recent headlines from satirical articles published at Reductress:

I Believe God Gave Us All Free Will — Except Pregnant Woman

Senator Says the Only Acceptable Way to Kill a Fetus Is With a Gun"

"Life Is Sacred, That’s Why This Nonviable Fetus Should Stay Inside Me So We Can Both Die

Life Begins the Second a Girl’s Uncle Decides on Incest

Vice interviewed Reductress co-founders and editors Sarah Pappalardo and Beth Newell about their approach to covering extreme anti-abortion legislation:

What does humor add to this conversation that straight news reporting can’t?

Pappalardo: Satire allows us to zero in on the hypocrisies built into the pro-life movement and the political strategies they’ve employed. It’s a way to shed light on less-talked-about subjects [...] and hopefully make people feel a little less alone right now. And they aren’t: Pro-choice people are in the overwhelming majority right now. Nothing that happened or will happen in the Supreme Court was achieved democratically.

Newell: We’re able to push the logic of these bills further, which helps to highlight their absurdity. I think we all get a little too used to certain talking points, even when we disagree with them. This is a nice affirmation to ourselves of how incredibly flawed they are.

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When Romania outlawed abortion, it was a disaster

"Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions," writes Amy MacKinnon for Foreign Policy. "When communism collapsed in Romania in 1989, an estimated 170,000 children were found warehoused in filthy orphanages. Having previously been hidden from the world, images emerged of stick-thin children, many of whom had been beaten and abused. Some were left shackled to metal bed frames."

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