Masha Gessen on “Surviving Autocracy”: Fight Politics of the Past with Potent Politics of the Future

In Part 2 of our conversation with Masha Gessen, staff writer at The New Yorker and award-winning Russian American journalist, we discuss their latest book, “Surviving Autocracy,” about understanding and recovering from the corrosion of American democracy. In it, they write that when nations survive trauma, they “have had to choose between: the path of reckoning and the path of forgetting.” During the interview, Gessen notes, “The only way you can fight the politics of the past is to offer an equally potent, equally articulated politics of the future.”