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    Excellent twenty lessons from the history of the 20th century by @TimothyDSnyder. Below in a twitter-friendly format:

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    1) Don't obey in advance. Power of authoritarianism is freely given- people think what worse govt will want, &start to do it w/o being asked

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    2) Defend institutions. Don't speak of "our institutions" unless u act on behalf. They go ☟ like domino unless each is defended from day 1

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    3) Recall prof ethics. Just practice key. Hard to break a rule-of-law state w/o lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials w/o judges

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    4) When listening 2 politicians, distinguish words. Look 4 use of "terrorism"& "extremism." Be alive to notions of "exception" & "emergency"

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    5)Authoritarians crave 2 consolidate power. Think of Reichstag fire. Sit requires end of balance of power? Old Hitler-trick. Don't fall 4 it

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    6) Be kind to language. Avoid parroting. Think your own way of speaking. READ: Havel, Miłosz, Arendt, Camus, @peterpomeranzev

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    7)Stand out. It will feel strange, but w/o unease there is no freedom. When you set example spell of status quo is broken others will follow

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    8) Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true there is no basis to criticize power. Money talks

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    9) Investigate. Read long articles. Subsidize investigative journo, buy print media. Some of what is on your screen is there to harm you

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    10) Practice corporeal politics. Power wants body softening& emotions dissipating on screen. Get outside. Make new friends & march with them

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    11)Make eye contact & small talk. It is a way to stay in touch w/ surroundings, break down social barriers & come 2 understand whom 2 trust

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    12)Take care of the face of the world. Notice swastikas&other signs of hate.Don't look away, don't get used to. Set example by removing them

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    13)Hinder 1-party state. Parties that took over states were once smth else. They exploited momentum 2 get rid of rivals. Vote while you can

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    14) Give regularly to good causes. Pick charity&set up autopay. Make a free choice that supports civil society helping others do smth good

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    15)Private life: Get rid of malware.Personal exchanges?In person, not e-mail. Resolve legal trouble. Blackmail state looks 4 hook 2 hang you

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    16) Learn from other countries, be in touch w/ friends abroad.No country will solve present problems by itself. Make sure to have a passport

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    17)Watch out4paramilit. If men in uniforms march around w/torches&pics of Leader, end is nigh.When paramilit&police intermingle,game is over

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    18) Be reflective if you must be armed. Evils of the past involved police&army finding one day they do irregular things. Be ready to say no.

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    19) Be as courageous as you can. If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

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    20) Be a patriot. The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.

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