Nathan Lucas


This paper won 3rd prize in the Hare and Bell 2021 competition.


On the morning of January 6th, 2021 a mob of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building during the process of congressional certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. While the incident failed to halt the certification for anything more than a few hours, it still represents a seismic shift in American politics. For the majority of American history, the threat of a politically charged mob enticed by an outgoing president storming Congress was unthinkable, something that happened in other countries. However, the rise and normalization of extreme far right-wing views and associated acts of terror have altered the political calculus in America, and represent an existential threat to our democracy.