“Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings.”—Masha Gessen
The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We 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.
On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.
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Table of Contents
1 Do not obey in advance 17
2 Defend institutions 24
3 Beware the one-party state 29
4 Take responsibility for the face of the world 37
5 Remember professional ethics 46
6 Be wary of paramilitaries 51
7 Be reflective if you must be armed 57
8 Stand out 63
9 Be kind to our language 75
10 Believe in truth 83
11 Investigate 93
12 Make eye contact and small talk 106
13 Practice corporeal politics 109
14 Establish a private life 114
15 Contribute to good causes 120
16 Learn from peers in other countries 124
17 Listen for dangerous words 129
18 Be calm when the unthinkable arrives 134
19 Be a patriot 146
20 Be as courageous as you can 152