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Default Timothy Snyder, "The Road to Unfreedom"

Snyder’s follow-up to On Tyranny moves from showing how to resist authoritarianism to tracing the path of its recent resurgence. Starting with Putin’s consolidation of power in Russia, Snyder charts the rise of nationalists and oligarchs from Hungary and Poland to Britain and the U.S. Noting that the threat these movements pose to Western institutions aligns with Putin’s goals, Snyder advises us that they also reflect weaknesses and vulnerabilities within liberal democratic systems. As he urges us to act on the choice between individuality and totality, Snyder frames this moment of crisis as an opportunity to better understand and affirm the values and principles underlying our imperiled political order.



It takes him awhile to get off the launch pad but he expresses a description of our modern politics as well as warnings and guidance to the future.
This book talk was recorded in 2018.
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Nothing signals a descent into authoritarianism like turning DC into a military occupation zone. Protected by occupying troops in the halls and armored vehicles on the lawn House Democrats enthusiastically corrupted the impeachment process into a partisan vendetta. Instead of a sober examination of the evidence we were treated to hate filled, screeching hyperbole smearing President Trump as a white supremacist. Delivered under the gun barrels of the New Praetorian guard.

Meanwhile Kim Jung Biden has taken to the podium to denounce anyone questioning his election as Nazi propagandists, ironic given his long history of spouting propaganda. But even the protective phalanx of media lap dogs is insufficient for the new imperium a cadre of billionaire plutocrats once deemed a grave threat to democracy has been mobilized to purge political enemies from the formerly free internet. A display of military might favored by dictators will be arrayed to protect the new maximum leader. .

The simple fact is Democrats rush to embrace the authoritarian rule they claim the other side wants.
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I don't want to argue w/ you about recent events here. Read the book and give a report to us on it. Or comment on the lecture.
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I don't want to argue w/ you about recent events here. Read the book and give a report to us on it. Or comment on the lecture.
I haven't been to high school in 50 years. so scratch the book report. How about you tell us what you think about the video, or scratch the hour plus long video?
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I looked him up...

As I thought, he's a retard with a tie...

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Asked in early 2017 how the agenda of the Trump administration compared with the Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Snyder said that history "does not repeat. But it does offer us examples and patterns, and thereby enlarges our imaginations and creates more possibilities for anticipation and resistance.

In a May 2017 interview with Salon, he warned that the Trump administration would attempt to subvert democracy by declaring a state of emergency and take full control of the government, similar to Hitler's Reichstag fire: "it’s pretty much inevitable that they will try." According to Snyder, "Trump's campaign for president of the United States was basically a Russian operation." He also warned that his lies would lead to tyranny.

In January 2021, Snyder published a New York Times Magazine essay on the future of the GOP in response to the siege of the United States Capitol, blaming Trump and his "enablers," Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, for the insurrection fueled by their claims of election fraud, and writing, "...the breakers have an even stronger reason to see Trump disappear: It is impossible to inherit from someone who is still around. Seizing Trump’s big lie might appear to be a gesture of support. In fact it expresses a wish for his political death."
I wonder if Snyder ever admitted he was 100% wrong on Trump declaring a state of emergency and "taking full control of the government"...

...anyone wanna take that bet?...

This is what Lefties do...They make wacko predictions, and suffer ZERO consequences for being so wrong...
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I looked him up...

As I thought, he's a retard with a tie...

I wonder if Snyder ever admitted he was 100% wrong on Trump declaring a state of emergency and "taking full control of the government"...

...anyone wanna take that bet?...

This is what Lefties do...They make wacko predictions, and suffer ZERO consequences for being so wrong...
By not allowing help right away and this:

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President Donald Trump wanted National Guard troops in Washington to protect his supporters at a Jan. 6 rally that ended with them attacking the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead, Trump's former Pentagon chief testified on Wednesday.
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[Former Acting Defense Secretary] Miller testified that he was concerned in the days before Jan. 6 that sending National Guard troops to Washington would fan fears of a military coup or that Trump advisers were advocating martial law.
Looks like Trump did try to fake or instigate a real emergency.
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By not allowing help right away and this:


Looks like Trump did try to fake or instigate a real emergency.


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In other news, Kuwait is still under Iraqi control. --Baghdad Bob
Is that your go2 move whenever you realize what a real sh*t that guy is?
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Is that your go2 move whenever you realize what a real sh*t that guy is?
Are we talking about Baghdad Bob or Kim Jong-Biden?
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Default Re: Timothy Snyder, "The Road to Unfreedom"

Back to the subject, I'm afraid the author is wrong. The road to unfreedom is littered with carcasses of freedom's lost to regulations and overbearing laws.

You cannot legislate immutable rights.
Liberals, for all their namesake suggests, wish to coerce behavior with rules, regulations and law. They are, in fact, the enemy of personal freedom.

No hour long lecture can change that. Or the minds of those who know better.
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