A Quick Note on Democracy

Timothy Snyder is a historian with a modern message:

"You go after facts. That's what modern authoritarians do. Step One: You lie yourself, all the time. Step Two: You say it's your opponents and the journalists who lie. Step Three: Everyone looks around and says, "What is truth? There is no truth." And then resistance is impossible and the game is over. -- Timothy Snyder, Author of "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century"

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"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; the biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights."

"What post-truth does is it paves the way for regime change. If we don't have access to facts we can't trust each other. Without trust there's no law. Without law there's no democracy. So if you want to rip the heart out of a democracy directly--if you want to go right at it and kill it--what you do is you go after facts."