Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Things To Keep In Mind For The New Year - 13 of 20
13. Hinder the one-party state.
The parties that took over states were once something else.
They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals.
Vote in local and state elections while you can.
Yale historian and Holocaust expert Timothy Snyder wrote: "Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so."
Snyder's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (which includes former Secretaries of State), and consults on political situations around the globe. He says:
Above, #13 of twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.