We’ve collected the best Timothy D. Snyder Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.
For the Russians, the displacement of the Holocaust is calculated and cynical. It’s not emotional; they don’t care about the Holocaust one way or another. They only care about it insofar as they can use it to manipulate a German sense of guilt.
When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of ‘terrorism‘ and ‘extremism.’ Be alive to the fatal notions of ‘exception‘ and ‘emergency.’ Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.
Fascism says what you and I experience as facts or what reporters experience as facts are irrelevant. All that matters are impressions and emotions and myths.
If we can’t have exchanges with our friends and family, with loved ones that won‘t at some point be made public, then we can’t have private lives. And if we can’t have private lives, then we’re not really free people.
Totalitarianism is not about some state that appears out of nowhere and suddenly is all-powerful. There can’t be any such thing. Totalitarianism starts when the difference between your public life and your private life is effaced.
One thing that I would like to get across is that even the most horrible events do have explanations that we can understand. And it’s not always comfortable for us to understand, because in order to understand, we have to see how we’re not so far away from the people in question.
Get the screens out of your room and surround yourself with books.
What we ended up with, from Bill Clinton onward, is a status quo party and an ‘undo the system’ party, where the Democrats became the status quo party and the Republicans became the ‘undo the system’ party.