We’re at the 2022 Inflection Point

What will you do with your agency? Will you let events shape you, or will you add your voice to shaping them?

Micah Sifry
4 min readSep 14, 2022


Yesterday, the US stock market crashed more than 4.3% in response to the latest inflation report from August.

Yesterday, the last of this year’s round of state election primaries were held, crystallizing who will be on the ballot for this fall’s mid-terms.

Yesterday, the Biden Administration held a huge outdoor celebration on the White House lawn to mark the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Yesterday, top Biden officials also worked feverishly to try to head off a national rail strike that could start as early as this Friday.

Also yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) unveiled proposed legislation imposing a national ban on abortion past 15 weeks.

Less visible but equally portentous, in the last few days Russian and Ukrainian leaders pondered their next moves in the wake of Ukraine’s fast-moving defeat of the Russian forces around Kharkiv. Will it settle into stalemate or will one or both sides try for a knockout blow?

In the last few days, the members of the House Select Committee on the January 6th attack on the Capitol pondered what they will prioritize as they start a new round of hearings and work on a final report and recommendations. Having captured the public’s attention this summer, they now have an opportunity to shift the national conversation further.

And in the background, 1/3 of Pakistan remains flooded and there’s a quiet disaster unfolding in China as much of the country suffers from the worst heatwave and drought in many years.

When President Biden said in his September 1 Philadelphia speech warning about the dangers facing democracy in America that “America is at an inflection point,” he couldn’t have been more correct. What happens in the next seven weeks until Election Day here will affect us for years to come.

In one scenario, “the red wave” that has been building since Biden’s 2020 election leads to a Republican takeover of the House plus the election of MAGA Republicans to key positions in states like Arizona and Ohio. This…



Micah Sifry

Co-founder Civic Hall. Publisher of The Connector newsletter (theconnector.substack.com)