authoritarian definition for our time

Authoritarian Definition for Our Time : Experts Help Us Notice Changes

If you google “authoritarian definition” you’ll get something like:

favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.

…but that’s not particularly helpful for our time, particularly when it comes to noticing subtle changes that lead us down a dark road. Recently I joined Medium (even though I’ve been digging in my heels since 2012) in order to rehost some of my site’s substance over at The Bearing and in the meantime, I came across a series of posts by Amy Siskind. Siskind has been writing a series that’s attempting an authoritarian definition for our time. I’ll add her list of titles and links at the bottom, they’re self-explanatory but I want to still explain them a bit.

In each post, Amy is simply journaling subtle changes in American culture, the American political climate, and the social norms of American media and dialog that are subtly shifting. By doing this, she hopes to have a solid log of things that changed for the worst — a log that stretches back to the very beginning. Here are some of the gems:

That’s just a sampling. I encourage you to read through the full list:

  1. Week 1: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  2. Week 2: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  3. Week 3: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  4. Week 4: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  5. Week 5: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  6. Week 6: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  7. Week 7: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  8. Week 8: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  9. Week 9: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember

  10. Week 10: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  11. Week 11: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

  12. Week 12: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

It would seem that it’s true: those who refuse to study history are doomed to repeat it.

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