Twenty Lessons of the Twentieth Century for Trump’s America
Timothy Snyder
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I largely agree with the author’s cautionary suggestions.

However, I see neither the GOP nor Trump to be THE threat to the American Republic. It seems the “free press” was extremely prejudiced during this election cycle and insulation of elitist “high priests” led to the terrible prediction of the outcome.

The REAL threat is the loss of critical thinking and accurate interpretation of historical events. The issues in play are age-old. The study of politics is the study of human vs. human conflict.

In my mind, I do not believe utopia can ever be realized — simply because it is an ideal.

The fundamental conflict lies not only in an individual’s conscientious defense of institutions, but also basic moral and ethical principles. I direct readers to consider these quotes which long predated the wars of the mid 20th century (these apply to any identifiable faction of our society and its various private and public institutions):

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” — WILLIAM PITT, speech, November 18, 1783

“When a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves, and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes.” — GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, April 28, 1788

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many.” — JOHN ADAMS, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government

… on the law makers of corrupt republic… 
“But when the citizens had become perverse, this institution became a nuisance; because only the powerful proposed laws, and this for the sake not of their common liberties, but to augment their own power. And against such projects no one durst speak for fear of such folk; with the result that people were induced, either by deceit or by force, to adopt measures which spell their own ruin.” — Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy, circa 1520 CE

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