On Tyranny

On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780804190114
Branch Call Number: 321.6 SNYDER T
Characteristics: 126 pages : 16 cm.


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Aug 10, 2017

What a beautiful little book! You can read the whole thing in one sitting. It is basically a collection of twenty concise little essays -- each expressing a single idea. For example lesson number 2 is:
Defend Institutions
Which essentially means to defend anything claiming to be for the, "greater good" from being co-opted by conflicts of interest or those seeking to profit or increase power while undermining the very values that the institution is supposed to be advancing. Institutions are under attack like never before -- and often the masses never really recognize what has happened, there's just this vague sense that integrity has been lost and you can't really count on much. We must always be alert, and willing to risk public disapproval for speaking out when we think institutions and/or their leadership are doing something wrong....frequently it is because of conflicts of interest.
Case in point -- recently Kansas City held its very first VegFest...but it turned out that the messaging was advancing corporate interests, and conflicted with decades of work by grassroots activists to raise awareness of injustice:
This book would be GREAT for reading and discussion in high school civic's/government classes


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