Historian Timothy Snyder specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust. Here he is interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now! about what we can do to keep the United States from slipping into authoritarian rule.

Worth the time. In fact, you might want to put this Snyder interview at the top of your review list.

The first lesson from Snyder’s book On Tyranny; Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century:

“Do not obey in advance.”


Part 1: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder on How the U.S. Can Avoid Sliding into Authoritarianism | Democracy Now!

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Part 2: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder on How the U.S. Can Avoid Sliding into Authoritarianism | Democracy Now!

Is the United States sliding toward tyranny? That is the question posed by Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder in his new book that draws on his decades of experience writing about war and genocide in European history in order to find 20 key lessons that can help the United States avoid descending into authoritarianism. ‘I was trying to get out front and give people very practical day-to-day things that they could do,’ Snyder says. ‘What stood behind all of that was a lifetime of working on the worst chapters of European history, a sense of how things can go very wrong.'” ~ Democracy Now!


Be aware. Be objective.

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