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Rules for survival in an autocracy

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From the NYRB; eminently applicable to the UK as well as the US.

  • Rule 1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. [...]
  • 2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
  • 3: Institutions will not save you.
  • 4: Be outraged.
  • 5: Don’t make compromises.
  • 6: Remember the future.

Go read the whole thing.