Timothy Snyder
(*18. August 1969 Dayton, Ohio)

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"As they knew, Aristotle warned that inequality brought instability, while Plato believed that demagogues exploited free speech to install themselves as tyrants. In founding a democratic republic upon law and establishing a system of checks and balances, the Founding Fatherssought to avoid the evil that they, like the ancient philosophers, called tyranny."

On Tyranny (2017): Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Prologue