The Republic failed. Democracy has failed. Liberalism, in both the proto-SJW and the classical senses, has failed. Conservatism has failed. Socialism has failed. This means that a return to some form of authoritarian government is inevitable, and the only question is precisely what form it will take.
Left-wing politicians are anticipating martial law:
me ask you, mayor, because some of these images, they’re ugly. I mean, a
Starbucks destroyed in the protests, a construction site for a juvenile
detention facility set on fire, Seattle police say officers were burned when
protesters threw explosive devices at them, and look, a lot of what’s happening
here, this is not peaceful. This is just violent and destructive, and the
president says he thinks mayors like you are refusing his help and those
standby forces because he’s the one offering it. Does he have a point?”
Seattle Mayor: No. Again, the president’s actions clearly have escalated things in Seattle, and across the country. I was just talking to a number of mayors throughout the country who saw a similar thing that — people wanting to act out against the president and his administration coming to the streets. I believe, if you look at what happened yesterday and Sunday, again, it was peaceful. We had a number of peaceful protests. And what we’ve seen is, every time this president promises to sow division, he’s successful at it. And he’s clearly targeted cities run by Democratic mayors. He’s said so himself. He’s using law enforcement as a political tool. I hate to say it, Erin, but I really believe that we are seeing the dry run for martial law. This is a president that is using law enforcement and federal forces for political purposes, and that should be chilling to every American.
Better the likes of Franco, Duterte, Putin, and Xi than Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, May, and the rest of the Promethean mediocrities. The historical trends are inevitable, but that doesn't mean one has to suffer Neros and Caligulas when there are Augustuses and Aureliuses available.