What’s Hiding in Plain Sight

Three reads this week, all from the FT:

  • Martin Sandbu on how this election is “Judgment Day for the Liberal Order
  • Sandbu again, interviewing the ever-insightful Sarah Kendzior about her latest book, Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Tom Burgis’s extraordinary 2018 exposé of kleptocracy in Kazakhstan — and how vendettas are being pursued in Western courts

Perhaps the craziest thing about having crazies in charge is that real life looks an awful lot like someone’s idea of a conspiracy — except it’s not really a conspiracy in the sense that Q is a conspiracy.

And all of this begs a question: if what’s going on, mostly in plain sight, is as bad as it looks — or perhaps even half as bad as it looks — what are we to do? What can we do?

I don’t have any good answers on this. All I can say is that I still love the idea of America, but the reality is looking worse and worse — and I’m not sure where else to turn.