In this short 14 min audio I introduce the importance of the book 'On Tyranny' by Timothy Snyder. Why its lessons from the 20th century are important to consider now in the 21st.
Part of a series - 1 recording per chapter to use bite-size quotes from the book to prompt discussion of why this particular period of history is so crucial and what we need to do to create a better future for our children.
Here in the introduction, we look at why democracies can fail and simple solutions from demagogues or compliant governments, applied in the face of increasing inequalities, can introduce terrible tyrannies on their people by subtle means. It is always ordinary people who carry or deny their own oppression, so learning to understand the lessons of the past might help us in resisting what is being waged in our name now.
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