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Timothy Snyder
Opening the future by understanding the past.
Created 10 Mar 2021
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  • Lesson 12: Make eye contact and small talk (video)
    07 Dec 2021about 12 hours ago • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Here is the video for lesson 12. Interestingly, this is the one that has aroused the most comment over the years. I take it that this is because it reminds us just how small-scale politics can be, and...
  • Lesson 11: Investigate (podcast)
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 0
    Lesson 11: Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on the intern...
  • Lesson 10: Believe in Truth (podcast)
    01 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 4
    Lesson 10: Believe in Truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is...
  • Lesson 9: Be Kind to Our Language (podcast)
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 2
    Lesson 9: Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. Make an effort to separate yourself from ...
  • Lesson 11: Investigate (video)
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Dear Subscribers, here is the video for Lesson 11. In the last five years, the hunt for unpredictable factuality has only become more important. We continue to lose the media that actually investigate...
  • Lesson 8: Stand Out (podcast)
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 0
    Lesson 8: Stand out. Someone has to. It is easy to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. Remember Rosa Parks. The moment you...
  • Lesson 10: Believe in Truth (video)
    27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Dear Subscribers, here is the link to the video for Lesson 10 of On Tyranny, “Believe in Truth.” In the five years since I formulated it, the spread of post-truth politics has confirmed my belief that...
  • Black Friday
    26 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 37 2
    Subscribe now On Thanksgiving, I wrote about the benevolence of the universe. Our bodies are made of substances left behind by extinguished stars. Our planet is lit and warmed by a living one. The sun...
  • Thanksgiving
    25 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 61 8
    Subscribe now What am I thankful for today? An essentially benevolent universe. Stars perished long ago, creating the substances from which our bodies our made. In a living star, gravity crushes hydro...
  • Memorial
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 41 8
    Subscribe now Democracy requires reflection. It is easy to fall for stories about how our group was always right and some other group was always wrong. Once these tales turn us into tribes, we follow ...
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