On Tyranny

On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder published in 2017. This slender volume, only 126 pages, is well worth reading. I highly recommend it.

“A patriot, by contrast, wants the nation to live up to its ideals, which means asking us to be our best selves. A patriot must be concerned with the real world, which is the only place where his country can be loved and sustained. A patriot has universal values, standards by which he judges his nation , always wishing it well–and wishing that it would do better.

“Democracy failed in Europe in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, and it is failing not only in much of Europe but in many parts of the world today. It is that history and experience that reveals to us the dark range of our possible futures. A nationalist will say that ‘it can’t happen here,’ which is the first step toward disaster. A patriot says that it could happen here, but that we will stop it.”

Trump must go

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