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With Mueller on the horizon, it's a good time to refresh ourselves on the 20 Lessons on Fighting Tyranny, h/t to @timothydsnyder 1/21
@TimothyDSnyder 1. DO NOT OBEY IN ADVANCE. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
@TimothyDSnyder 2. DEFEND AN INSTITUTION. Follow the courts or the media or a court or a newspaper. Institutions don't protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.
@TimothyDSnyder 3. RECALL PROFESSIONAL ETHICS. When the leaders of the country set a negative example, professional commitments become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law country without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.
4. DISTINGUISH CERTAIN WORDS WHEN LISTENING TO POLITICIANS. Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary. Look out for the expansive use of 'terrorism', 'extremism', 'invasions', etc. 'Exceptions' and 'emergencies' could kill us.
5. BE CALM WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS. Get prepared. No, I'm serious. Get entirely prepared for a terrorist attack or quickly launched war and remember that all authoritarians at all times are just waiting to consolidate power.
6. BE KIND TO OUR LANGUAGE. Don't use the loaded-propaganda-words of the authoritarian. Use your own language. Read books, not just the internet.
7. STAND OUT. Someone has to. It's easy to follow the crowd and scary to break away. But the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.
8. 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 spectacle.
9. INVESTIGATE. Figure things out for yourself. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some things on your screen is there to harm you. Learn to recognize propaganda pushes.
10. PRACTICE CORPOREAL POLITICS. Power wants you slack, collapsing in to a chair, staring at your phone. Get outside. Make new friends. Get outside. March. Protest.
11. MAKE EYE CONTACT AND SMALL TALK. They're the basics of building human trust. If it gets bad bad bad, you'll need to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.
12. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FACE OF THE WORLD. Notice the swastikas, the okay-hand-gesture-of-the-President, and the other signs of hate. Don't look away, don't get used to them, and don't explain them away. Remove any physical signs when you can and set an example.
13. HINDER THE ONE-PARTY STATE. The party now in charge used to be something else, and so did the other one. The GOP exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for the rest. Vote in EVERY election while you still can.
14. GIVE REGULARLY TO GOOD CAUSES, if you can. Pick a charity and set up autopay. Pick two. Three. Five. As many as you can.
15. ESTABLISH A PRIVATE LIFE. Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Email is nearly always traceable, as are texts and calls. Have personal exchanges in person, and with trusted people.
16. LEARN FROM OTHERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. Keep or make friends in foreign lands. What's happening here is part of a general worldwide trend. No country is immune. Get and maintain valid passports.
17. WATCH OUT FOR PARAMILITARIES. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be AGAINST they system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. If the paramilitary and official police/military intermingle...game over.
18. BE REFLECTIVE IF YOU MUST BE ARMED. If you are a sworn public servant, be ready to say no to unlawful and/or unethical orders.
19. BE AS COURAGEOUS AS YOU CAN. If none of us are prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.
20. BE A PATRIOT. Trump is not. Set a good example of what this country can be, for the generations yet to come. They need it. /fin

Also, buy @timothydsnyder 's book, it's only a few bucks and a quick read, or listen on Audible: amazon.com/Tyranny-Twenty…
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