Monday, December 05, 2016

Must Read: A Yale History Professor’s Powerful, 20-point Guide to Defending Democracy Under a Trump Presidency

Written by Timothy Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.

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. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.