A fork in the road when there’s no forking road to fork.

This feels like a fork in the road in American history.

A time when millions of people really would march on the street and demand change.

At precisely the time we can’t march anywhere.

And I wonder if, on some level, that’s a factor in their bottomless brazenness.

How can there be social protest in a time of social distance?

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

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