Garry Kasparov, the former World Chess Champion and a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, explained how to resist President Donald Trump’s alarming embrace of the Russian president and his tyranny.
“Dealing with propaganda and misinformation campaigns is a new fight for most Americans, but it’s familiar ground for me and other Russians,” Kasparov told Vox. “You can see dystopian novels climbing the best-seller lists in the U.S. because people are trying to educate themselves, and that’s where I’m trying to help.”
Kasparov told the website Trump is “entirely unqualified” to serve as president, and his “autocratic instincts” combined with “dangerous advisors” and possibly the influence of a “malign foreign interest” posed dangerous threats to U.S. democratic institutions and world security.
“Modern dictatorships have become far more sophisticated still in how to achieve their ends,” Kasparov said. “They learned that by constant bombardment, your senses become overwhelmed. You start to doubt, to shrug your shoulders, to tune out, and that makes you vulnerable. Instead of pushing one lie, one fake, they can push a dozen, or a hundred, and that’s pretty good odds against one lonely truth. They win when you say: ‘Who can be sure what really happened?’”
Kasparov drew from his chess background to explain a strategy for resisting Trump.