Timothy Snyner’s “Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” – On Tyranny

Please buy the book, but in the meantime here are the twenty:

  • Do not obey in advance
  • Defend institutions
  • Beware the one-party state
  • Take responsibility for the face of the World
  • Remember professional ethics
  • Be wary of paramilitaries
  • Be reflective if you must be armed
  • Stand out
  • Be kind to our language
  • Believe in truth
  • Investigate
  • Make eye contact and small talk
  • Practice corporeal politics
  • Establish a private life
  • Contribute to good causes
  • Learn from peers in other countries
  • Listen for dangerous words
  • Be calm when the unthinkable arrives
  • Be a patriot
  • Be as courteous as you can

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