Authoritarianism Is Pushing Us Towards a Dystopian Fever Dream.

The Wicked Orchard by Sidra Owens
8 min readMay 24, 2023
Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

In the past few years, I have been introduced to exactly what fascism is. They don’t teach you about it in school and I did not pursue degrees having to do with history, so I didn’t encounter it. When I did acquire this knowledge, I wrote a Medium article about it called “Fascism: Made in America.” I could see what was steadily happening at the time, but I had no idea how evergreen this article would be or how far American fascism would flourish.

Just like the election of Barack Obama was in direct response to the debacle that was George W. Bush; the election of Trump was in direct response to Obama being elected and having held office. To about 30 to 35 percent of this country, the United States, as they knew it, had come to an end.

It would never be the same.

Nothing had truly changed, nothing more than the fact that their president no longer looked like them.

For most of them that was a bridge to far.

The thing is that since before this country’s inception, there has been a battle between supremacy and equality.

At first, it was white supremacy versus Black equality.

This was up until women, mostly white women, got a bee in their bonnet and decided, Hey, I would rather not be