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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.
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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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