'We have to act now': Historian lays out a 'nightmare' scenario for a stolen 2024 election

Historian/author Timothy D. Snyder, who teaches at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, has had a lot to say about the history of authoritarianism — and during Donald Trump's presidency, he warned about growing authoritarianism in the United States. According to Snyder, the modern Republican Party hasn't grown any less authoritarian since Trump left the White House on January 20. And in a Substack article published on June 4, Snyder describes a "nightmare" scenario in which Republicans could steal the 2024 presidential election even if the Democratic nominee wins both the popular vote and the electoral vote.

"I have the Cassandra feeling this spring because it is so obvious where all of this is heading," Snyder warns. "President Trump tells a Big Lie that elections are rigged. This authorizes him and others to seek power in extra-democratic ways. The lie is institutionalized by state legislation that suppresses voting, and that gives state legislatures themselves the right to decide how to allocate the electoral vote in presidential elections."

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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