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Tyranny, Timothy Snyder

From Timothy Snyder, Yale professor of history:

"the moment where we move [politics] immediately to emotions like offense, is the moment where democracy really is in trouble. [...] If we don't understand that democracy, or more fundamentally the rule of law, is something that requires constant human effort, among other things a human effort at reasonability, if we don't realize that democracy and the rule of law are not the natural results of history but buck up against history all the time and require our input, that's when we really have trouble."

"the idea that politics is not about reasoned dispute towards constructive policy but politics is in fact fundamentally about friends and enemies that's a basic fascist idea"

"the reason why we have law is that law comes before the king or in modern times law comes before the ruler which means law comes before whatever momentary urges the ruler might say that he is embodying. So if we say whatever w…

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