Illiberalism · Gilead



Fig. 1. The emblem of the Republic of Gilead. Icewizie, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

‘Gilead’ is the name Margaret Atwood gave to the country south of Canada in which she set The Handmaid’s Tale.[1] As the United States becomes a white Christian nationalist country,[2] culminating a longstanding conservative project, I am finding the name appropriate and on these pages you will find an account of how this is coming to be:

See also:

Ishaan Tharoor, “Chaos in Congress points to failures in the U.S. system,” Washington Post, October 6, 2023,

Sarah Riccardi-Swartz, “As Russia ramps up ‘traditional values’ rhetoric − especially against LGBTQ+ groups − it’s won Putin far-right fans abroad,” Conversation, December 15, 2023,

Isaac Arnsdorf, “Trump quotes Putin condemning American democracy, praises autocrat Orban,” Washington Post, December 16, 2023,

Rick Perlstein, “You Are Entering the Infernal Triangle,” American Prospect, January 3, 2023,

  1. [1]Margaret Atwood, Handmaid’s Tale (New York: Anchor, 1998).
  2. [2]David Benfell, “My 2024 forecast,” Not Housebroken, June 11, 2022,; David Benfell, “Start changing the border signs: ‘Welcome to Gilead,’” Not Housebroken, June 24, 2022,