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The Two 9/11s: US Terror Attack and Chile Coup; Sept. Q&As and Appearances NYC & Miami
And my new Atlantic essay on how Chile won back democracy
Welcome back to Lucid, and a big hello to new subscribers. Mark your calendars for our Sept. Q&As: Friday, Sept. 15, 1-2pmET and Sunday, Sept 24, 8-9pmET. Paying subscribers will receive a link to register for the Zoom call that day. If you’d like to join these amazing conversations, you can sign up as a paying subscriber here or upgrade to paid:
For those in NYC and Miami: I will be speaking at P&J Knitwear in NYC along with Andrea Chalupa and Olga Lautman on September 18 at 7pmET. We’ll discuss Dictatorship: It’s Easier Than You Think, the illustrated book Andrea wrote with Sarah Kendzior. It will be a live Gaslit Nation podcast recording. You can learn more and register for the free event here.
And on Sept. 20, I will be giving a public lecture at 7pm at the University of Miami on “Strongmen and How To Push Back Against Them” as part of my visit as a 2023 Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor. You can learn more and register for the free event here.
Today is Sept. 11. It is a searing and fateful date in the histories of the United States and Chile. My weekly essay, which publishes on Wednesday, will discuss the terrifying seventeen-year dictatorship that came about as a result of the 1973 coup.
Here is my new Atlantic essay on how Chileans restored their democracy in the 1980s through a combination of mass mobilization, unity of the opposition, and positive messaging designed to inspire hope and action.
And here is my Lucid essay on how Chile got into the nightmare of dictatorship. In the years 1970-1973, the United States waged political, economic, and psychological warfare on the government of democratically elected Socialist President Salvador Allende to create the circumstances conducive to a coup. There are many resonances of U.S. and Chilean actions in these years with the war on democracy being waged by Trump and the GOP now.
In America, the other 9/11 is more revelant to many. Here is my essay on 9/11, which combines personal reflections on the experience of that day and thoughts about how it opened a path to illiberal politics on a new scale in America and a new round of American imperialism abroad.
Have a safe start to the week, and look for my essay in your inboxes on Wednesday.