This thread has been particularly inspiring and helpful, thank you all who have posted. Much of the insights and links have guided my own navigation of the complexities surrounding not only this American election cycle, but where we go from here as people. The dialogues between folks from different parts of the globe and folks with different American experiences have been particularly hopeful, though the impetus devastating.
I'd like to add some ideas and articles/videos to the mix:
Though not as captivating and brutal as @jasonw22's linked 'Trial Balloon for a Coup?', Rules for a constitutional crisis offers a great counterpoint that a coup is perhaps less likely than an idealogical civil war. On how we move forward:
"The people we need to keep in focus are the people who elected Donald Trump. I get that the easy way to think and talk about those Americans is to call them racists, or sexists or idiots. No doubt there are some who are those (as there are some on the other side who are each of those things too). But it is neither true nor helpful to simplify this story into good versus evil. The citizens who elected Trump are not evil. And if America is going to survive this crisis, we need to convince them first that their President should not be President. We need to show them that their own values are consistent with ours, in this respect at least."
There's also this scathing and equally valid take from Very Smart Brothas.
WIRED echoed some of this in their own look at How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency. The TED Talk referenced at the article's start is worth the watch, beyond the pull quote.
Over the last few weeks, the picture that's starting to emerge is that Trump's campaign not only took advantage of the weaknesses of the modern-day Electoral College, but perhaps most critical is that they took advantage of the isolation (and insulation) that all Americans seem to be pursuing. As was correlated in 'Hypernormalisation', this is a muscle that products like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google are all designed to exercise. They began as reflections of this desire, but have grown to the point of exploitation and long-lasting damage.
Looking outside the election, The Southern Poverty Law Center powerfully linked algorithmic digital insularity to the curation of Dylan Roof's worldview.
I don't really have a summarizing statement. I'm just throwing these out for further discussion.