Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.
A terrific answer from Eugenia Stonecroft. Some of the 20 lessons also apply to opposition to the way Brexit is being handled, like:
2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.
Remember the Brexshitter screams about judges when the Supreme Court ruled that our unelected Prime Minister could not sideline Parliament, after all the bollocks about taking back control.
4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.
BoJo, Gove and Farage certainly vomited a lot of gung-ho crap.
8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.
£350 million… No more need be said.
9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you.
Too hard for some people: “I don’t care about statistics” was the retort I received from one Leaver I tried to enlighten