A new book provides powerful lessons for us about our democracy. Read and discuss with others as INCO members host book clubs in two locations to read and discuss monthly Daily Action Book Club selections. The book for June is Timothy Snyder's ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. It's a quick, but important, read with lots to discuss. 

Local meetings will be scheduled for mid-June, contact Carolyn Eady.

Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Ya...le University. He is the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

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  1. Lessons from ON TYRANNY – INCO Book Club

    Members of the INCO Book Club read a fascinating new book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” by Timothy Snyder, at their first meeting on July 10. They identified these lessons as most significant or timely:
    • 3. Beware the one-party state. Hitler never had a majority vote, but he co-opted other small parties to establish a one-party State. We’re vulnerable now with neither of our major parties being highly regarded.
    • 10. Believe in truth. To abandon truth is to abandon freedom. This is “magical thinking.” Also “post-truth is pre-fascism.”
    • 13. Practice corporeal politics. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places and among groups that were not previously your friends. March! Demonstrate!
    • 18. Be calm when the unthinkable happens. Tyranny is fear management. They use these events to consolidate power. Don’t fall for it even if you’re fearful and it’s difficult.
    • 19. Be a patriot. The president is a nationalist, not a patriot. He encourages us to be our worse, then calls us the best. A nationalist has no universal ethics, values or aesthetic. A patriot wants the nation to live up to its ideals and be our best selves.

    The book club’s next book is “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology” by Erich Fromm. Although this book was published in 1968 – nearly 50 years ago - it reads as if it were just published!

    For information about the next meeting – Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 pm – and for getting a copy of the book, contact Carolyn Eady at