Curator Notes Edition-3

A selection of books, articles, videos, and other content I lingered on and considered. 

I'm clearly not the only one who is closely watching the fallout of our new president's actions during his first week in office. And, I'm sure I'm not the only one trying to make sense of it all. Here's a selection of resources that have helped me better digest the implications of the executive orders and other decisions coming out of the new White House regime. 

ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM 

Hannah Arendt wrote a fascinating study of tyranny in 20th century politics. It's no surprise that the paperback is sold out on Amazon but you can still purchase the kindle version or get on the wait list.  

THE PRESIDENT'S MENTALITY 

Don't agree with my not so subtle point above? Still, there's no denying the new president has a strong personality. This is an excellent, objective article by a psychoanalyst who investigates how the president's way of thinking will shape how he makes decisions. 

A PERSONALITY TEST 

If you want to take your own personality test and see how you stack up against POTUS you can do so at Truity, a psychometrics company offering a repository of free assessments. 

NOT YOUR PRESIDENT? 

If you are biased and disagree with the political ideals of POTUS and his appointees, there's a lot you can do to take action. Actor Ryan Piers Williams created a website called Harness that outlines dozens of ways to bring about change. A similar site by Michael Moorr is here and another here

BUILDING AN AUTOCRACY

And because I too can't be neutral in times like these I'm in total agreement with this article. The threat to our democracy is real and it is the responsibility of citizens to defend it. 

PROCESSING IT ALL 

Lastly, this is a great writeup by Mother Jones that discusses how to process all of the political news and information without getting completely overwhelmed.