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Rules for Resistance : Advice from Around the World for the Age of Trump (Paperback) (David Cole &
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Some of us have been here before. Many people living today in America and around the world have direct experience with countries where an autocrat has seized control, changing everything from the tenor of daily life to the laws and constitution. Others have seen charismatic, populist leaders come to power within democracies and dramatically change the rules of the road for the public, activists, and journalists alike. In Rules for Resistance, writers from Russia, Turkey, India, Hungary, Chile, China, Canada, Italy, and elsewhere tell Americans what to expect under our own new regime, and give us guidance for living—and for resisting—in the Trump era.
Advice includes being on the watch for the prosecution of political opponents, the use of libel laws to attack critics, the gutting of non-partisan institutions, and the selective application of the law. Americans are also urged to “believe the autocrat” when he says what he plans to do, “practice corporeal politics” by protesting early and often, not to “obey in advance,” to find strange bedfellows, and never to be taken in by small signs of normality.
A special section on the challenges of reporting under a leader like Donald Trump addresses issues of free speech, the importance of press protections, and the critical role of investigative journalists in an increasingly closed society. An introduction by ACLU legal director David Cole addresses the crucial role institutions have in preserving democracy and resisting autocracy.
A chilling but necessary collection, Rules for Resistance distills the collective knowledge and wisdom of those who “have seen this video before.”