TRUMP FOLLOWS PATH OF TYRANTS

Timothy Snyder

Yale historian Timothy Snyder, who studies fascist and communist regime change and totalitarian rule, published a book titled “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” that warns about the threats the US faces and offers lessons for resistance and survival. In an interview with Steven Rosenfeld of Alternet, Snyder considered how close Donald Trump is to following the path of tyrants from the last century. He answered a question about how long the US has to defend its democracy and how rapidly it is evolving toward fascism. Snyder is reported to have said about how long some European countries took to become Nazi states:

“Nazi Germany took about a year. Hungary took about two and a half years. Poland got rid of the top-level judiciary within a year. It’s a rough historical guess, but the point is because there is an outside limit, you therefore have to act now. … It’s hard for people to act when they feel like they have to break the law to do so. So it is important to get out in front before people face those psychological and legal barriers.

“Am I more worried now? I realize that was your question. No, I’m exactly as worried as I was before, in November. I think that the people who inhabit the White House inhabit a different ideological world in which they would like for the United States not to be the constitutional system that it now is. I was concerned about that in November. I’m concerned about it now. Nothing that has happened since has changed the way I see things.”

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