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1   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2020 Feb 13, 2:37pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Excerpt From
On Tyranny
Timothy Snyder

“Plato believed that demagogues exploited free speech to install themselves as tyrants. In founding a democratic republic upon law and establishing a system of checks and balances, the Founding Fathers sought to avoid the evil that they, like the ancient philosophers, called tyranny. They had in mind the usurpation of power by a single individual or group, or the circumvention of law by rulers for their own benefit. Much of the succeeding political debate in the United States has concerned the problem of tyranny within American society: over slaves and women, for example.
It is thus a primary American tradition to consider history when our political order seems imperiled. If we worry today that the American experiment is threatened by tyranny, we can follow the example of the Founding Fathers and contemplate the history of other democracies and republics. The good news is that we can draw upon more recent and relevant examples than ancient Greece and Rome. The bad news is that”
2   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 13, 3:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Timothy Snyder is a Globalist Cunt, he's good at playing with dates to advance his thesis.

The problem with the US is not Free Speech, but the lack of rational discourse and shaming/screeching by the Cathedral.
3   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2020 Feb 14, 3:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

The minority party is very noisy.

GOP never seems to win by votes
4   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2020 Feb 14, 3:35pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Anyway I don’t see the author using dates at all, you must mean someone else.

Globalism is non-sequitur here too so WTF you smoking?
5   jazz_music   ignore (13)   2020 Feb 14, 3:35pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

“No doubt the Russians who voted in 1990 did not think that this would be the last free and fair election in their country’s history, which (thus far) it has been. Any election can be the last, or at least the last in the lifetime of the person casting the vote. The Nazis remained in power until they lost a world war in 1945, the Czechoslovak communists until their system collapsed in 1989. The Russian oligarchy established after the 1990 elections continues to function, and promotes a foreign policy designed to destroy democracy elsewhere.

Does the history of tyranny apply to the United States? Certainly the early Americans who spoke of “eternal vigilance” would have thought so. The logic of the system they devised was to mitigate the consequences of our real imperfections, not to celebrate our imaginary perfection. We certainly face, as did the ancient Greeks, the problem of oligarchy—ever more threatening as globalization increases differences in wealth. The odd American idea that giving money to political campaigns is free speech means that the very rich have far more speech, and so in effect far more voting power, than other citizens. We believe that we have checks and balances, but have rarely faced a situation like the present: when the less popular of the two parties controls every lever of power at the federal level, as well as the majority of statehouses. The party that exercises such control proposes few policies that are popular with the society at large, and several that are generally unpopular—and thus must either fear democracy or weaken it.
Another early American proverb held that “where annual elections end, tyranny begins.

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