Student Journal IL PONTE

Il Ponte – Printed Issue #5


Timothy Snyder: “The thing about authoritarianism is that it’s just so boring”

Peter Sterančák, Michal Micovčin / December 28, 2018

Interviewing professor at Yale University Timothy D. Snyder, is not an easy task for a student magazine so we were naturally excited to do it for Il Ponte. A historian by profession, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, professor Snyder is also a permanent fellow at The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His latest book, The Road to Unfreedom (Cesta do neslobody), explores parallels between the rise of authoritarianism in Europe, USA and Russia. We traveled to Vienna to meet him and although we only agreed on 15 minutes, prof. Snyder was kind enough to stay with us another 15 minutes to answer all our questions.  

We discussed, among other things: current political development in Slovakia; ideas from his latest books, such as: historic perception of time, importance of ideas in politics, xenophobia, the rise of authoritarianism, or power of oligarchy; a role of Europe and EU in fighting extremism; and a role of journalism in protecting truth. 

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