Life is Political...

A line of police officers with shields and riot gear face off against a line of protesters at a Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 6/1/2020

"Life is political, not because the world cares about how you feel, but because the world reacts to what you do. The minor choices we make are themselves a kind of vote, making it more or less likely that free and fair elections will be held in the future. In the politics of the everyday, our words and gestures, or their absence, count very much… The symbols of today enable the reality of tomorrow."

from On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (pp. 33, 32)

About the Author

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University. His books include Black Earth: The Holo­caust as History and Warning and...

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