Masha Gessen: A Russian’s Perspective On Trump’s Autocratic Impulses

Masha Gessen: A Russian’s Perspective on Trump’s Autocratic Impulses

One of the articles to cut through the noise just after Election Day was “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” in the New York Review of Books. Its author, Masha Gessen, knows her subject well. She’s lived most of her life under autocratic rule – and a good portion of it in the risky role of opposition journalist – in Russia.

In the torrent of articles she’s written and TV appearances she’s made since, she’s become an indispensable voice on the despotic tendencies of the current American president. Digging deeper than just pointing out the obvious anti-democratic hallmarks of Trump’s presidency – his flagrant desire …

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