The author and scientist Jared Diamond, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, explains in this video why he thinks the United States could turn into a dictatorship. First of all, America is deeply divided and the political parties are no longer willing to compromise, as was the case in the past, with the result that little legislation is adopted because majorities are hard to achieve nowadays. Instead, the political parties fight each other with nasty tricks and big money and populism get more and more room in American politics. Similar to what see in Europe.
Jared cites the example of Chile in which he lived in the 70s. It was one of the most democratic states in South America at the time. Because the politicians could no longer come to compromises at a given moment, this created room for Pinochet, who then seized power and started exercising a terror regime.
In response, Jared indicates that people should vote and be more willing to listen to each other. In my opinion, this is becoming increasingly difficult because large companies and foreign powers can exert more and more influence on what people see and hear and thus manipulate elections. In addition, fewer politicians seem to be inhibited from telling gross untruths and using political stunts to win voters. Working on consensus and serious solutions for the country often come second.
By coincidence today D-Day is commemorated, everyone has almost forgotten what it is like to live under tyranny since this happened so many years ago. Slowly but surely the democratic achievements that we have built up after the Second World War are being broken down. We stand by and look at it, just like the frog in the pan with water that is slowly warming up, although the story of the boiling frog also turns out to be a hoax.