Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I hate to be an alarmist, and frankly I’m not reading much political stuff these days because the resounding message right now is “We’re f*&ked!” It gets depressing to immerse yourself in “the end is nigh” narratives over and over again.
But I took advantage of the low low Kindle price for Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny (currently $3.99), and I’m glad I did. As a Yale history professor, Snyder has studied the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century and drawn some conclusions as to how they got their footing and evolved into devastating totalitarian states that knocked civilization off the rails repeatedly. There was method to their madness.
On Tyranny offers twenty things all citizens can do to stand up against the rise of new authoritarians — and it certainly seems like we’re in the midst of a trend toward that now. They’re simple things, based on common sense and personal integrity, and we can do a lot of them sitting down. Professionals like doctors and lawyers need to maintain the ethics they were taught in school. We all need to stop repeating the calculated language of the political strategists, who craft words and phrases to solidify public opinion. We all need to read more newspapers and avoid internet news sources.
Each of the twenty steps is supported by historical examples showing how fascistic governments exploited social weaknesses and took advantage of the fundamental human desire to be left alone and get by. When democracy dies, it dies in a hurry.
This is a short book. It’s a powerful book. I bought the Kindle version, but I might just grab myself the paperback so I can carry it around in my back pocket and show it to people. Or consult it when I feel like everything is out of control and there’s nothing I can do.
Turns out there are things I — and you — can do. Must do.
Buy On Tyranny here and spread the word.