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With the end of the Cold War the victory of liberal democracy was The Road ePUB #10003 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 fr. 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 concentration But I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand all the uickly moving pieces in Russia US relations these days If I had read this a few years ago it would have sounded like the paranoid musings of a conspiracy theorist Today unfortunately it rings all too true I listened to this as an audio but had also received a copy from Netgalley It works well as an audio but I suspect it works better as a print book because it would allow for going back over some of the dense information

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The Road to Unfreedom

Own 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 uncertainty. 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 pulls the strands connected to the Donald I have many uarrels with this book I will list them until I run out of wrath and gasFirst As a conceit to give a theme to his work Snyder contrasts two concepts of history as employed in political language the eternity view eg we are victims and we have forever enemies vs the view of the present as culmination as in the much discussed albeit trivial The End of History This distinction makes little sense either in terms of intellectual history or as an analysis of propaganda It s just kind of goofySecond Snyder constantly uses the word fascist with as much vigor as the Stalinists did when they denounced social democrats as social fascists or Jonah Goldberg does when he finds fascism in contemporary liberalism Because it s a term of political abuse fascism has lost much of its meaning and there is certainly little consistency in what it means from one writer to another I don t think it has much use beyond Mussolini s Italy and perhaps those who consciously emulated itThird Snyder completely ignores the geopolitical factors that freuently drive Russian policy Russia has no strong natural barriers to the West or to the East as nd has freuently been invaded from both directions Europe s insistence on swallowing up Central Europe and Russia s near abroad was bound to provoke a reaction Tsar commissar oligarch or even a hypothetical neoliberal regime would have the same concerns By ignoring geopolitics and wallowing in righteous indignation over Russian concerns about Western designs on the Ukraine Georgia etc Snyder is geopolitically blindFourth Snyder depicts the Maidan uprising as some kind of Kumbaya festival He ignores the r le of Soros Victoria Nuland and her minions etc in these color revolutions that always seems to go nowhere Fifth Snyder ignores Putin s achievements while harping on his real and perceived faults Yeltsin abetted by Jeffrey Sachs and his ilk nearly destroyed Russia Putin pieced it back together and is building it up again Similarly Snyder glorifies the neoliberal world with its sterile sexuality materialism and ethnic self immolation Sixth There is no social analysis All we see is discussion of various writers who may or may not be influential and a Putin conspiratorial center There are no institutions classes economics nationalities churches laws just fascist ideologues and a Putin centered conspiracy Hardly a way for a trained historian to explain the world Seventh Snyder ultimately notices some flaws in the US although not in the EU but only as conditions to be exploited by a Russia centered Trump conspiracy This is blindness I m not going to take the time here to enumerate the economic demographic and cultural destruction wrought in our country in recent years it would take me too far afield but to suggest that it s all a Russo Trumpian conspiracy and not a collective failure of the American political class is blindness Jeb and I m With Her failed for good reasons In short this is a boring incompetent stupid misleading paranoid book Truly a loathsome piece of work

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Om east to west 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 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. More information with links to my review coming soon stay tuned


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 least as good as the thing I thought it would be What I was expecting was a sort of parallel history study of Russia the European Union and the United States showing how various global trends have influenced each

  2. says:

    The Road to Unfreedom is written by Timothy Snyder who also recently published On Tyranny Twenty Lessons from the

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    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 dif

  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 Russian exile and fascist named Ilyin and has morphed into Russian grand strategy to destroy the west The book is a lightning rod which shows a blow by blow account of the Russian attempts to ex

  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 we assume the way things ar

  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 pulls the strands connected to the Donald I have many uarrels with this

  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 unbel

  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 leas

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    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 RussiaFirst it explains who Putin is what he believes and what he wants Spoiler alert Putin is not a communist holdover trying re

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