--> 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:
Here are twenty lessons
from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.
1. Do not obey in advance.
Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely
In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more
repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked.
You've already done this, haven't you?
Anticipatory obedience teaches
authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
(to be continued...)