When fascism threatens, take proven action

At the best of times, creative humor can help expose what's wrong with the old world so that public opinion can sweep it away. But in periods of incipient fascism—like the years between 2016 and 2020 in the US—the old world's evils are already laid bare, for anyone who cares to look. Trickery isn't needed, reliable proven tactics are: becoming a poll worker, phonebanking, deep canvassing (text or phone—try it!), sending postcards to voters, spreading info about mail-in voting....

Between 2016 and 2020, we learned three times the seeming uselessness of trickery (at least our sort of trickery) against incipient fascism:

Again, more proven tactics are very useful indeed (see above). And more vigorous forms of resistance may sometimes be useful as well. As many have pointed out, any of these forms of resistance are low-stakes when your country's not yet a full-on dictatorship, so it's best to pick the most proven ones, really....

Instances in which we learned this lesson

We thought we were making satire—then Trump actually did it.
In August of 2017, we were given a speaking spot by Politicon, a conference at which we'd previously brought Ed Snowden back to US soil, to enormous…