[519] Twenty Lessons on Fighting Tyranny

Completion Date: 25 Feb 2024
Medium: Paint & ink on acid-free mount-board
Dimensions: 63 x 87 cm

Twenty Lessons on Fighting Tyranny – based on Timothy Snyder’s 2017 book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

Snyder is an American author and historian specialising in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

1. Do not obey in advance.

2. Defend an institution.

3. Recall professional ethics.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.

6. Be kind to our language.

7. Stand out.

8. Believe in truth.

9. Investigate.

10. Practice corporeal politics.

11. Make eye contact and small talk.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world.

13. Hinder the one-party state.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can.

15. Establish a private life.

16. Learn from others in other countries.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed.

19. Be as courageous as you can.

20. Be a patriot.