Five Memes That Deserve to Die

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My latest for the magazine is online now, and it’s a pre-election piece called “Five Memes That Deserve to Die.” That’s the subhead, anyway. The real headline is “Invasion of the Brain-Devouring Platitudes,” which goes better with the conceit of our horror movie cover featuring Sarah Palin as a 50-foot woman. (Explained here.) Basically, it’s a collection of five memes about the election that I’m pretty sure are wrongheaded regardless of how things turn out next Tuesday. Which is convenient, since I don’t know how things are going to turn out next Tuesday.

As it happens, I wasn’t very happy with how the piece turned out. But I’ve always wondered what the journalistic etiquette is for that kind of thing. Go ahead and admit it? Or just promo it as usual? I’m not sure. Besides, I read through it again this morning and it didn’t seem all that bad after all. So maybe I was just in a cranky mood the week I wrote it. I’m sure you’ll all let me know in comments.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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