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The political divide in Washington is as nasty as I’ve ever seen it. The tea party-pandering Republican Party has brought the nation’s capital to a standstill—and nearly pushed the nation into another financial crisis. With the nation facing a series of challenges—a stalled economy, flat (or falling) incomes for those in the middle or the bottom, a troubled education system, out-of-date infrastructure—there seems little chance the political system can produce policies that address these serious problems. But the tea party types and their conservative corporate backers don’t mind. They’re rooting for gridlock that gums up and discredits the government.

And, as ugly as things are right now, they could get worse. In this coming election year, special interests will be flooding the political system with anonymous contributions to make sure their allies gain even more power in Washington. And what we—those of us who do the kick-ass journalism at Mother Jones and those of you who read it, support it, and pass it on—have to do is expose these naked attempts to hijack the nation’s politics and government.

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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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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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