Tyranny Expert: Maintaining Democracy Is A Constant Challenge 1

Tyranny Expert: Maintaining Democracy Is A Constant Challenge

With alarms bells ringing about the health of American democracy, how worried should people be? Yale professor, author, and tyranny expert Timothy Snyder joins us to discuss.
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55 comments

  1. Democrats, it is so important that we vote in every single election until…forever.
    Talk to your neighbors, coordinate babysitters, and carpools. Check in on the elderly who can no longer vote by mail.
    Do not think “ah, someone else will do it” because every single vote matters. every. single. one.

  2. If you haven’t done so already, buy and read Snyder’s book. Now, before it’s too late.

  3. “In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”
    ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

    1. Thank you Daniel. Well quoted! Republicans are working very hard to ware us down and destroy our hope. Based on some of these replies they have a good start, but we can not allow ourselves to become complacent. Endeavor to persevere!

    1. @Doug Parker lmao. You people are enjoying Covid. Don’t won’t to wear a mask and don’t want to get the vaccine. Y’all love Covid.

    2. @Harold Moore yeah and join the 5,100+ dead verified by VAERS from the 294,801+ reported adverse reactions since may 28,2021.
      More than likely you’ll die in 2 years,uncured from the vaccine

    3. @Harold Moore -Science denier Trumpists listen to deluded far right anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers = not hoping anyone get sick and expires, but fewer Trumpists around to muck up election 2022 & 24 are a win-win in all real Americans book lol!
      Maybe this cloud has a silver lining, just saying.

  4. i’VE LOST SOME HOPE BASED ON WHAT HE SAID…
    RUSSIA IS PAYING FACEBOOK MONEY TO MANIPULATE US…
    AND WE CAN’T STOP FACEBOOK BECAUSE… MONEY!

    1. Yes that is another one brushed under the carpet. Facebook contributed to Trumps alliance with Putin to steal elections. They should also be held accountable.

    2. @David Cat – That’s me. I REFUSE to open an account. i will NEVER help the FB traitors help fascist dictator Trump and his moron cult destroy America. But I will oppose and fight them every other way I can!

  5. Yes Mitch we should just sweep 1/6 under the carpet and forget about it so the gop’s role doesn’t get exposed right?

    1. @Geee H – It’s up to us, the sane majority to change it. We KNOW cult 45 Trumpists live in an alternative universe. They can’t and won’t do diddly about any actual, real world issues that we need to deal w even if we beg and plead w them to come back to reality. Issue one- we need to pass HR-1, issue 2,3,4, and beyond: we need to dump the EC vote system, dump Post Monster DeJoy, add a few more seats to the SC to make it ‘fair & balanced’ again, and we need to prosecute and LOCK UP deposed dictator Trump and his evil cabal. We must make a solid example of what it means to future fascists that have fancy ideas and try to be above the law. In America the MAJORITY of voters ought to decide elections, NOT deranged cult leaders and his band of domestic terrorist thugs!

    2. @Doug Parker According to the DHS and FBI most of last summers protest violence was from right wing extremists, right wing goon squads and agent prococateurs,also charges against BLM protesters are being dropped by the thousands so your right wing narrative is a lie.

    3. @Hunter Roberts nah,since over 50% of those charged in Portland,the DA who’s ideologically aligned with antifa dropped the charges.
      One rioter alone has been charged with $130k plus in damage to buildings.
      The left is the violent side.BLM does nothing for blacks

    4. @Doug Parker DA’s don’t drop charges because the perps align politically with their views, GTFOH with your right wing garbage. The DA’s don’t have evidence to prosecute is more like it.

  6. Yeah, it’s a constant challenge because republicans don’t believe in democracy. They want an autocracy.

    1. That’s what’s scary. They’re fine giving up our democracy if it means they can “own the libs.”

  7. Sinclair Broadcasting has been taking over local news in different places and they are very right wing. I’m legit worried about all this because these “news” outlets perpetuate and reinforce Republican lies. Then add the bigger outlets like Fox and OAN and it’s a huge bubble of crazy and there’s no way to get through to the viewers anymore.

    1. It’s time to charge the heads of corporations that knowingly lie to their consumers. And don’t let them get off by saying ‘we were just presenting an opposing opinion’ once they present a provable lie, charge the managing director, or ceo.

    2. You have to ask, how it is that there is more money to be made in selling right-wing lies, than in selling honest news.

    3. Oh you’re “worried” about this? You’re only about 20 years too late to begin worrying

    4. @RogerWilco Trump = ratings = $$$$ … That is why this network is still talking about him almost half a year after he left office.

  8. I love listening to Timothy Snyder’s knowledge of history and his perspective based on that knowledge of the past.

  9. Tulsa May 31st & June 1st 1921, Slocum July 29th 1910 and now America/WH Jan 6th 2021, the aim of the Rep party is to make it disappear, as if it never happened and continue as always

  10. Thanks for having Synder on! Important to hear from experts on authoritarianism during these disturbing and dangerous times.

    1. Education is key. Most Trump supporters never graduated High-School and know nothing about science, History, English, or any other subject most Americans are up to speed on.

      If we had options for these nut jobs to achieve an Education, they’d be less likely to stand against the United States of America.

  11. Perhaps someone should explain this to Feinstein. She seems to be living in an alternative reality.

  12. Maintaining Democracy is always a challenge, especially when seditionists that are in the government are deemed “above the law”.

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