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With the end of the Cold War the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute Observers declared the end of history confident in a peaceful globalized future But we now know this to be premature Authoritarianism first returned in Russia as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power In the last six years it has creeped from east to west. All of the virtues depend upon truth and truth depends upon them all Final truth in this world is unattainable but its pursuit leads the individual away from unfreedom The temptation to believe what feels right assails us at all times from all directions Authoritarianism begins when we can no longer tell the difference between the true and the appealing The cynic who decides that there is no truth is the citizen who welcomes the tyrant Flipping brilliant If you decide to read only one non fiction book this year make it this one

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The Road to Unfreedom

As nationalism inflames Europe abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries' longstanding policies and valuesBut this threat to the West also presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own. More information with links to my review coming soon stay tuned

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Political order In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy By showcasing the stark choices before us between euality or oligarchy individuality or totality truth and falsehood Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertain. This is a very focused investigation centered solely on Russia s recent history since the fall of the Berlin Wall it s becoming a pure Oligarchy or rather a Kleptocracy What s we get some rather startling and almost unbelievable details into the nature of Putin s aimLet me be clear end aim is very clear He s stated it about a million times He s so confident in his power and methods that I can t see any truly viable method to stop him And so he is open and honest about just how many lies he can get away withWhat s unbelievable is how he s been able to revise history on such a massive scale as to make Stalin a hero rewrite his involvement in WW2 drastically or taking a relatively obscure philosopher who was a contemporary of Lenin and elegize him to the point of near godhood projecting his text as the grand narrative of Putin s Russia Literally He s had the book printed everywhere talked about everywhere and it all boils down to some CRAZY St Like the unfettered belief that the leader is the soul of the nation and that nations are always innocent Harm can be done to Russia but it will always remain innocent There can be no double standards if there are no standards Facts are for other people Use facts as weapons against those who rely on them but never be fettered by them Trust the leader who will always steer you right People in Russia may not believe this st but remember every media source will be spouting it Anyone who has ties to America or Europe are immediately branded enemy collaborators All the western countries are ruled by the Homosexual Agenda and Russia must never fall before themThis is just a taste of the reality under Putin He is a master at reality control After the devastation of the 90 s when practically all otherwise well off USSR populace was cashed in and the full reserves of the government power and wealth was transferred to a handful of men it was absurdly easy to lock down everything Putin has an amazing amount of combatant hackers at his disposal Full media control Banking And of course the military Remember when the Ukraine was urged to give up over a thousand nuclear missiles in 2010 And then Putin invaded them annexed them and completely rewrote history about 5 times in order to justify everything about it in 2012 You know like things saying there is no such thing as Ukraine Or there is no Ukraine language It has always been Russia This book has an amazing wealth of information in it Don t take my word for it It ll shock youLet me steal this from another review of this book and btw thank youMethods of control Constant reference to a past era of greatness Hyperfocus on enemies who are enemies because of who they are and not what they do A profound belief in a zero sum or a negative sum world Willingness to hurt oneself if in doing so you can hurt someone else The manufacture of crises and conflicts where none exist in order to control the news cycle Constant labeling of information sources as fake in an effort to delegitimize any source of truth Repetition of blatant easily verifiable lies with no evidence to back them up other than the fact of the assertionHis stated goal is to always keep Europe and America as eternal enemies a la Eurasia in Orwell s 1984 That means always being on an antagonistic footing flooding his population with propaganda and just plain telling any kind of lies he likes so long as he gets the results he wants There is no need for any kind of verifiability He is an Eternal Leader who is Always Innocent and he does NOT need Facts He just needs to control every narrative And he doesThe next part of this book is just plain scary We ve heard all about Russia s supposed involvement with Trump We ve heard both sides make a lot of noise and get nowhere because the signal to noise ratio is absolutely atrocious hereWhen investigative journalism ACTUALLY does its job however a lot of truly damming facts come to light You know those pesky little things that Putin cares crap overRussian hackers fully bankrolled by Putin s media empire is attacking America This statement isn t just some silly conflation He s on record of saying it and there are MANY records proving it Millions of fake facebook accounts with targeted marketing to tight demographics pandering to prejudices and conspiracy theories fake movements all across the internet including millions of tweets by bots trying to influence the political debates Successfully I might add Many attempts were also made on the voting machines Note the direction almost every convenient leak came from during the election cycles The republican party knew about Trump s many economic connections to Putin including a Trump Tower with MANY rooms bought by placeholder corporations whose paperwork all led back to Russia many new real estate deals The official line was to hush it up Fire officials that tried to investigate it And all the while overwhelming hacker support flowed toward Trump Let s not forget Trump and Putin s long standing friendship They re both fictional characters after all telling many interesting narratives read lies that don t need any factual basis They just need to be plausible for the moment until the power base can be firmed upPlease refer to the list of power grabbing methods Does anyone else see a similarity between Russia and AmericaIt s almost like all the super rich looters are playing by the exact same handbook The goal is to get rich at everyone else s expense If you don t make the 1% bracket you re nothing Just watch for the new grabsLook I said it was nearly unbelievable But I unlike radical revisionist leaders actually LIKE facts If this book tells me anything at all it s to look beyond the noise We can all be so involved in our little crazy lives so much that we fail to see the big picture That goes for politics too What happens when we realize that a MASSIVE concerted effort to game America s political system actually SUCCEEDSOh nothing We re still bickering between blues and reds Of course since we do most of that online it s actually absurdly easy to focus all of one s resources on this choke point Russia has a veritable army of hackers fanning the flames of all lefts and all rights stirring up racial prejudices sexist prejudices and any other conflict they can dream up And we buy it Hell most of all these events might be pure fabrication but none of us seem to be doing ANYTHING to confirm or deny them Certainly not our media They re too busy running ideological platforms themselves See how easy it is to sow SO MUCH confusion and chaos on your enemy And the best thing is WE LAP IT UP use it all as proof we are right yet againWhere are our antibodies Where is the strong Press that digs up all this crap and shows it for what it isOh wait that s what this book is trying to be

10 thoughts on “The Road to Unfreedom

  1. says:

    The Road to Unfreedom was not the book I was expecting it to be which is not necessarily a problem since the thing it was is at leas

  2. says:

    The Road to Unfreedom is written by Timothy Snyder who also recently published On Tyranny Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century On Tyranny is short and brilliant The Road to Unfreedom is also good but it takes work and concentrat

  3. says:

    All of the virtues depend upon truth and truth depends upon them all Final truth in this world is unattainable but its pursuit leads the individual away from unfreedom The temptation to believe what feels right assails us at all times from all directions Authoritarianism begins when we can no longer tell the difference between the true and the appealing The cynic who decides that there is no truth is the citizen who welcomes the tyrant Fli

  4. says:

    More information with links to my review coming soon stay tuned

  5. says:

    This book puts together a story we have only had hints at behind events like Brexit and Trump's election It starts with the neofascist ideology that Putin and the Russian oligarchs have adopted it centers around the ideas of a Russ

  6. says:

    Timothy Snyder has coined two terms to reflect political states of mind that are ahistorical The first is inevitablilty as in the politics of inevitability; the second is eternity as in the politics of eternity Once defined both will feel familiar to us The politics of inevitability is a childlike state in which

  7. says:

    This book is astonishingly bad “Bloodlands” by this author was a decent book This one is confused in theory biased in orientation and paranoid in psychology Essentially the book is a Russophobic rant with Vladimir Putin at the center of a global web of evil with Donald Trump at one of its outer nodes Putin in the author’s narrative pul

  8. says:

    This is a very focused investigation centered solely on Russia's recent history since the fall of the Berlin Wall it's becoming a pure Oligarchy or rather a Kleptocracy What's we get some rather startling and almost unbelie

  9. says:

    For the first time The Road to Unfreedom Russia Europe America enabled me to see the relationship between the lies and fascism of Vladimir Putin Russian interference in the politics of the United States and Europe and the lies and fascism of Donald Trump Seeing the big picture is no less depressing but at least Timothy

  10. says:

    Early on in the Mueller investigation and the Trump–Russia scandal Steve Doocy of Fox Friends looked into the camera and asked rhetorically “Do you even care?” seemingly asking a uestion but really telling his audience how they should think This book explains why everyone should care about Trump RussiaFir