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What struck me most from this enlightening discussion was Snyder’s keen observation of today’s incorrect perceptions that globalization is something “new” and that the historical lessons regarding the rise of authoritarianism “don’t matter.” Such ignorance and disregard for our past mistakes makes their reoccurrence an unavoidable certainty.

JoAnn Chateau

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…

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