Lessons from ON TYRANNY – INCO Book Club
Members of the INCO Book Club read a fascinating new book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” by Timothy Snyder, at their first meeting on July 10. They identified these lessons as most significant or timely:
· 3. Beware the one-party state. Hitler never had a majority vote, but he co-opted other small parties to establish a one-party State. We’re vulnerable now with neither of our major parties being highly regarded.
· 10. Believe in truth. To abandon truth is to abandon freedom. This is “magical thinking.” Also “post-truth is pre-fascism.”
· 13. Practice corporeal politics. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places and among groups that were not previously your friends. March! Demonstrate!
· 18. Be calm when the unthinkable happens. Tyranny is fear management. They use these events to consolidate power. Don’t fall for it even if you’re fearful and it’s difficult.
· 19. Be a patriot. The president is a nationalist, not a patriot. He encourages us to be our worse, then calls us the best. A nationalist has no universal ethics, values or aesthetic. A patriot wants the nation to live up to its ideals and be our best selves.
The book club’s next book is “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology” by Erich Fromm. Although this book was published in 1968 – nearly 50 years ago - it reads as if it were just published!
For information about the next meeting – Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 pm – and for getting a copy of the book, contact Carolyn Eady at firstname.lastname@example.org.