Resist! Resist! Resist! Resist to your last breath, and then once the malignant narcissist is gone, breathe.
Masha Gessen is a Russian-American dissident who writes for the New York Times and the New York Review of Books.
This consists of her six rules for surviving an autocracy. Here are a few excerpts:
“Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930s, The New York Times assured its readers that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was all posture. More recently, the same newspaper made a telling choice between two statements made by Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov following a police crackdown on protesters in Moscow: “The police acted mildly—I would have liked them to…
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