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On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

January 26, 2017
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A Yale Professor Offers Same Sage Advice on the Difficult Times Ahead

“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.”

That’s one of 20 pieces of advice from Timothy Snyder, a history professor at Yale University. It struck as most pertinent given the media’s preoccupation these days with definitions of truth and facts and alternative facts.

Trump is good at using the weapons of mass distraction. He might get good at using the other kind. There doesn’t seem to be any check on him as he governs by tweet.

His strategy of intimidating the media is working. Reporters and editors need to report the truth and separate out the falsehoods. They need to stop wasting time blathering on about it and start to dig out the damage already done by a out-of-control president and the future damage that will be done by his cabinet.

Here’s the full article: On surviving Trump .

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