Part 1: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder on How the U.S. Can Avoid Sliding into Authoritarianism

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  • j jay
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    where was this asshole 8 years ago when obama was skirting the Constitution with his breathing tax

  • Life Sciences
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Mr. Snyder is correct, this is the time to overthrow authoritarianism, read: J. Barrington Moore's Injustice; The Social Basis of Obedience and Revolt, teaches by demonstration of empirical fact how the middle class and lower middle classes in Germany acquiesced to the fascist organizations that emerged in the 1930's. This case study applies to the US exactly.

    One has to understand the phenomenon of colonialism was inevitable since historically, capitalism was in its early stages of encompassing the entire world. Capitalism cannot be overthrown by another system until it has completely covered the globe. Like industrialization in the West, it was both progressive and immensely destructive. It had to ran its course in this country before it could expand out to other countries through war and intervention.

    We are in a period of a new authoritarianism but as Mr. Snyder's says it requires our cooperation to dominate the entire globe against competing rival nations like China and Russia, and Iran and other countries like Thailand and Vietnam, as new rivals. Soon they too will achieve the same form of world power but their history differs in that private property of land is totally absent in those countries. Vast public works projects require a central government superimposed on a substructure of self-contained communities in Asia because of the lack of individual private property. But this does not change the fact that these countries will fall under the same general laws of capitalist development.

  • Jack Horn
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    What a cuck, we will make america great again. privatise everything and bring Jesus back. We will destroy these snowflake lefties who think the earth is dying, God is coming soon so no need to worry

  • svale161058
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Normalisation and adaption to this regime of inglorious mad dogs is the next step to tyranny .

  • Ajax Painting
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    if they can do 911 they can butcher the whole world.. like what they have done today using religion creating Alqaida Taliban or ISIS…they are destroying the world…

  • Lumpy Lang
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    That DN would give a platform to this professional anti-communist a-hole says a lot about their rotten pro-Democratic Party politics. Phil Ochs would gag…

  • Fredlee Johnson
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    WELL'WELL in just about 13:18 minutes story and interview 5/30/17

  • Pam Candas
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Now I want my high school junior to attend Yale. Such invaluable education for a society.

  • Liam Carey
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    IT'S ALL ABOUT REALLY AS SIMPLE AND LESS TROUBLE WITH BLAMING EVERYTHING.. CLOSING DOWN ALL THE OLD BAD PRACTICES AND WAY'S. TO OPENING ALL NEW GOOD PRACTICES WHICH BRING US GOOD LUCK BY THEIR NATIVE WAY'S OR NATURE IF MATERIAL BAD NEWS INDEED TODAY MUST BE ABLE TO MOVE FREELY LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE FACT…

  • Dawn Crosby
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    answer to your question…are we headed to tyranny….we are already there!

  • Liam Carey
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

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  • Jonathan C.
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Sad that we even have to have these discussions. Pretty unthinkable. But humans are humans. I guess it is America's turn to crash. The biggest difference today is the existence of nuclear weapons. If Hitler had had them none of us owuld be alive today. A madman is running amok in the White House. And there is not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

  • Gregory Shill
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Pence 2017❤

  • Brulard
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    very good, thank you

  • Dan
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Another member of an elitist institution repeating ruling class lies while pretending to represent the masses.
    Much like the Founding Frauds, authoritarian aristocrats who co-opted/destroyed the revolution, promoted themselves to kings, and called it "democracy."

  • old fan
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Excuse me, Perfessor. Too late for Americans voted for him thereby gave their consent.

  • Trace L Hentz
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    This show is what democracy looks like

  • XHellXGeistX
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Too late.

  • 109ejg
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Mr Snyder starts with lies and goes downhill from there. A load of crap.

  • marty mart
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    i am getting sick of listening to ivy league freaks talk about terror when they won't talk about how this country was founded on terror why whites…. this history is the foundation for what is happening today here around the world… how can these people talk about any leaders outside the US w/out talking about his government first and the military industrial complex

  • tremer 2009
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Thanks, Democracy Now!:)

  • Jonathan Taylor
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    A 44-ft-tall Boeing 767 did not hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The dust trail shown in the video of the Pentagon attack goes from right to left, horizontally along the ground. There were no tracks or a giant rut in the ground leading into the crash site, so the "jet" never touched the ground. An amateur pilot would not and could not hold a 44-ft-tall passenger jet inches off of the ground to fly horizontally into the bottom floor of the Pentagon. Both major political parties, the three branches of government and the "intelligence" community have lied to the American people.

  • staatsfeindlich
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    The "Founding Fathers"? Puh-LEEZE, not that horseshit again. Sorry, but your guest lost me there.

  • SCOD
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Brilliant commentary on authoritarianism !!!

  • Bazarov
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    One thing you'll never hear Snyder acknowledge is America's role in funding and supporting authoritarian regimes abroad. He sees authoritarianism as the failure of publics, rather than the many instances in which it materializes as a result of powerful institutional and corporate efforts. And he is deathly afraid to criticize global capitalism because he knows who pays his salary.

  • aLERNO
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Yale and the Ivy League have ran out of ideas long ago. I share the concern about trump but this guy seems to be a pretty uncreative, lightless, mediocre author. An enlightened defendant of oligarchy, eurocentrism and the establishment, little more. No word on social justice, Good Living, anthropocentrism, progressive taxes, societal exclusion, etc. Or anything at all. Say something, please, beyond the mainstream old discourse about "freedom", "institutions", etc

  • UnkyNik
    October 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    He said, "When protest becomes illegal or dangerous._." That happened YEARS ago!!