This is a timely read and, while some of the broader points Snyder made have begun to blur a week after reading, his use of pointing out the past’s mistakes in order to inspire a more present involvement in the political climate of today is very impactful.
Several quotes I bookmarked will have to do a the job of explaining why this is an excellent read for the more politically mindful Cannonballer.
- “Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.”
- “The president is a nationalist, which is not at all the same thing as a patriot”
- “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.”
- “One novel known by millions of young Americans that offers an account of tyranny and resistance is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
- “Like Hitler, the president used the word lies to mean statements of fact not to his liking, and presented journalism as a campaign against himself. “
And this is by no means a long time commitment so, like We Should All Be Feminists, I propose we have all schools put this on their curriculum. Of course, here in the South it probably wouldn’t get a warm welcome…