Masha Gessen ends on a somewhat positive note in her Nov 2016 essayÂ Autocracy: Rules for Survival | The New York Review of Books:
Rule #6: Remember the future. Nothing lasts forever. Donald Trump certainly will not, and Trumpism, to the extent that it is centered on Trumpâ€™s persona, will not either. Failure to imagine the future may have lost the Democrats this election. They offered no vision of the future to counterbalance Trumpâ€™s all-too-familiar white-populist vision of an imaginary past. They had also long ignored the strange and outdated institutions of American democracy that call out for reformâ€”like the electoral college, which has now cost the Democratic Party two elections in which Republicans won with the minority of the popular vote. That should not be normal. But resistanceâ€”stubborn, uncompromising, outragedâ€”should be.