29 thoughts on “Timothy Snyder, "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The 20th Century"”

  1. Oh, it is so clear that he did this due to his conscience. I loved when he remarked about being able to look back and say that he did what he could in time. Unfortunately, I don't think it was in time.

    One of the things that we lack, in order to turn this thing around, is a populace educated enough to reinstall democracy in America. We don't have that. The time would have been in GWBush's first term. At the time, people were telling you that it was serious. You were distracted by make believe weapons and Iraq, and you weren't paying attention to the policies.

    Our democracy was destroyed BEFORE Trump was elected. People should have listened.

    It's never too late to fight, but it's probably too late to win.

  2. That poor woman who didn't see the hatred of Hillary coming!!! How sad.
    I was NEVER going to vote for Hillary. I wasn't swayed by Russian bots. I wasn't swayed by nonsense rumors. I was swayed decades ago by Hillary and her husband.

    There is no reason for a leftist to vote for Hillary. She is someone that we are supposed to rally to fight against.

    I think it is a great thing that we kept her from getting in the white house while calling herself a Democrat. The Clintons have done enough damage to our country

  3. Why would people expect the Republicans to oppose Trump?
    That's the weirdest thing. Trump is actually just doing the things that they talk about doing on Fox all of the time. These are the actual positions of the Republican Party.

    Republicans have been unabashed authoritarians. Having the word republican in your name does not mean that you are actually in favor of democracy. They are not. Democracies are leftist.

    Democracies are destroyed by right policies.

  4. He loos so frightened. It's adorable. I can feel his sense of urgency. I just wish he had a better civics education and was able to see that the time for this level of panic and urgency was during the Bush and Obama years. They are the ones who dismantled our democracy. Trump was inevitable.

    It's sad for you if you think that Hillary wasn't going to continue our march to authoritarianism. She was just going to keep you asleep longer, because she has a public and a private position.

  5. You don't really have to rely on hunches and guesses from historians.
    One can actually study political science to learn how these things work. The people who plotted the toppling of our democracy, while keeping you asleep, have PhDs in political science. So, it works.

  6. Great lecture. It does concern me that the left here has become so authoritarian. The Left is threatening democracy itself.

  7. If any group are a target then any and all groups are a target. US stands for united states,not devided! Democracy is all for one and one for all.

  8. "Everyone has a little bit more power than you think you have. It means that everyone has a bit of power, it means that your actions matter, especially right now, quite a bit, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE FAST."

    https://youtu.be/19IhRaWZUl4?t=966

  9. Anyone notice the humility and honesty of this genius? Reads 5 languages, speaks 10. Have read two of his books now, on my third. Thanks for your work, Snyder. Hope to meet you one day.

  10. Bloodlands seemed shallow and kinda redundant. -> Should we give it another chance ?
    Evangelicals are stronger, this mumble-bumble will never cut the mustard.

  11. The Eastern Europeans are the people who invaded the USSR at the same time Hitler did. They were his allies. They lost and Stalin defeated them and saved the Jewish people. The Eastern Europeans have a LOT of problems. Even the Roman Empire had problems with them. At least STALIN kept them under his heal for a few decades and the world had peace except for the wars of the US Empire.

  12. Clinton & her neoliberal corporate democratic party are corrupt. They stole the primary from the one candidate who could have beaten Trump. I have what you call a memory.

  13. I did like the part where he talks about nationalists being extremely relativistic in terms of morality. Every white nationalist ive seen will happily enact any measure of evil they can on the other while they themselves would scream bloody murder if the same was done to them. The golden rule: do onto others as you would have them do unto you is completely alien to the jingoist.

  14. Democracy is idealised, yet it is nothing than the tyranny of the majority imposed on minorities.

  15. THIS GUY IS A CNN MNSBC NEWS WATCHER —-OK I COULD GIVE A SHIT===
    BUT HE MENTIONS TRUMPS WORKED WITH RUSSIA G TO GET MONEY FOR HIS BUSINESS FOUND THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA ====THIS THREW OUT THIS ANS SEEMED
    WHOLE HREATLY TO BELIEVE ====AND OFFERED NO FACTS TO THIS ==== I REALLY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HIM MEANING ===HIS WORDS GOT LESS DESCRIPTIVE OF HIS THOUGHTS THEN I HEARD THE MOMEY THING ON TRUMP ==== THAT BOTHERED ME AND I LEFT THIS SITE NOT IMPRESSED WITH HIM ======

  16. I am so encouraged, inspired, gratified by Snyder's standing up for ideas. They matter. They matter whether you think they do or not. One can go into denial about it, but only at the risk of getting your ass kicked. To get one's ass kicked by an idea, oh, cringeworthy.

  17. I rated this book three stars is because even though Timothy snyder does address and explain concrete lessons from past Tyrannies he uses the most world renouned examples and avoids touching on more profound examples such as slavery in the US and the genocide of millions of aboriginals. Snyder very expertly shifts the focus from the most tyrannical force of the twentieth century, The USA, and deflects to events from past examples to distract its readers from much worse and modern examples of tyrannical control. Timothy Snyder could have done a much better job at writingg this book by addressing the USA but instead, for unexplained reasons, avoids the Tyrannical injustices perpetrated by the USA.

  18. Maher's attempts at humor and interruptions were downright rude. This guy is as serious as a heart attack.

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