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Complicit Collaborators: Journalist Anne Applebaum On The ‘Twilight Of Democracy’

Writer and journalist Anne Applebaum's newest book is "Twilight Of Democracy: The Seductive Lure Of Authoritarianism."
Writer and journalist Anne Applebaum's newest book is "Twilight Of Democracy: The Seductive Lure Of Authoritarianism."

Across the globe, authoritarianism is on the rise. We talk about it almost every week on the Roundup, as we scrutinize Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. And the U.S. isn’t immune, as historian and journalist Anne Applebaum argues in her new book,  Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism.

In addition to focusing on the military and government officials that enable nationalist leaders, Applebaum also examines how she’s noticed friends get lured to the far right.

In a feature for The Atlantic, she writes:

“To the American reader, references to Vichy France, East Germany, fascists, and Communists may seem over-the-top, even ludicrous. But dig a little deeper, and the analogy makes sense. The point is not to compare Trump to Hitler or Stalin; the point is to compare the experiences of high-ranking members of the American Republican Party, especially those who work most closely with the White House, to the experiences of Frenchmen in 1940, or of East Germans in 1945, or of Czesław Miłosz in 1947. These are experiences of people who are forced to accept an alien ideology or a set of values that are in sharp conflict with their own.” 

We’re talking to Anne Applebaum about the rise of authoritarian leaders and those who enable them.

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