Planet 228

Bruce Clunies Ross reviews
On Tyranny
by Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny

The Bodley Head, £8.99

On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder, was published soon after the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States, and is clearly motivated by his election. It is a comparatively short book, implicitly addressed to American readers, but its message is for everyone. The current political developments in the United States have international parallels. Two generations of neo-liberal government have hollowed out democracy around the globe, by concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a tiny minority. The rest of us, the multitude looking for the Sign of Downward Trickle, are no longer fooled.

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