In this issue: President Trump’s autocratic potential, a social-media mom’s empire, blue cities in red states, and luxury doomsday bunkers. Plus, what sexuality looked like in the Victorian era, how to fix Hollywood, and more.

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March 2017

March 2017

In this issue: President Trump’s autocratic potential, a social-media mom’s empire, blue cities in red states, and luxury doomsday bunkers. Plus, what sexuality looked like in the Victorian era, how to fix Hollywood, and more.

Cover Story

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

David Frum

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Features

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.

Jonathan Rauch

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The Hollywood List Everyone Wants to Be On

Franklin Leonard’s anonymous survey has launched careers, recognized four of the past eight Best Picture winners, and pushed movie studios to think beyond sequels and action flicks.

Alex Wagner

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The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS

John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.

Graeme Wood

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Can Megyn Kelly Escape Her Past?

Fox News’s former star has downplayed her full role in an ugly election.

Caitlin Flanagan

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Dispatches

It’s Putin’s World

Franklin Foer

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Instamom

Bianca Bosker

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Wall Street Diversifies Itself

Bethany McLean

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Unsafe at Any Speed

Jake Pelini

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Red State, Blue City

David A. Graham

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Big in Bolivia: Zebras in the Streets

Isabel Henderson

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Our Bots, Ourselves

Matthew Hutson

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A Resort for the Apocalypse

Ben Rowen

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How Many Exclamation Points Do Great Writers Use?!

Ben Blatt

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The Culture File

A Saint for Difficult People

James Parker

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The Sentimental Sadist

Caleb Crain

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Before Straight and Gay

Deborah Cohen

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It’s Getting Harder to Believe in Silicon Valley

Anna Wiener

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A Writer’s Turmoil in The Rules Do Not Apply

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation

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What Was the Most Influential Film in History?

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