From November 16, 2016, Masha Gessen writes in NYRDaily:
Autocracy, Rules for Survival:
Rule #1: Believe the autocrat.
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you.
“The national press is likely to be among the first institutional victims of Trumpism. There is no law that requires the presidential administration to hold daily briefings, none that guarantees media access to the White House. Many journalists may soon face a dilemma long familiar to those of us who have worked under autocracies: fall in line or forfeit access. There is no good solution (even if there is a right answer), for journalism is difficult and sometimes impossible without access to information.”
Rule #4: Be outraged.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises
Rule #6: Remember the future.
A January 28, 2020 essay in NYRDaily, Kaspaov engages us in a sobering tale of his past work mobilizing against Putin in the 2000’s and sharing his views on the current state of affairs in American politics. This is a must read for anyone who has the slightest doubt that “Trump would never do x,” because, as Kasparov points out, he will.
“For my friends everything, for my enemies the law.” , Óscar Benavides.