Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Democracy is in trouble, despite popular uprisings and dynamic social movements in Lebanon, Hong Kong and across Europe and Latin America. Scholars say countries across the globe are experiencing a rise in autocratic rule, with declines in democratic ideals and practice.

Autocratic rule " also known as authoritarianism " is when one leader or political party exercises complete power to govern a country and its people. ...

In the old days, autocrats often came to or retained power through military coups and violent crackdowns. Now the shift from democracy to autocracy is slower and less obvious. ...

I've learned that today's leaders with authoritarian tendencies aren't just interested in using brute force to rise to power. They are smarter, more resilient and can adjust their methods to take account of new developments, like modern technologies and a globalized economy.

Here are some of the newest tactics used by would-be authoritarians:...



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From the cited article:

1. Extend executive power
2. Repress dissent and citizen efforts to hold government accountable
3. Capture elite support and, when needed, demonize them too
4. Appeal to populism and nationalism...

Six more are mentioned in the article.

Pres Trump ticks off four of the four I quoted above.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-20 11:54 AM | Reply

#1 So did Obama. In fact, I'll give him 5 for controlling information at home. However, I don't view either as wanting to be an autocrat. There is such a thing as determining the degree to which someone executes those tactics.

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-11-20 12:54 PM | Reply

@#2 ... #1 So did Obama. ...

Yes, fmr Pres Obama did extend executive power.

However, he did not file court documents that he considered himself to be above the law.

... I don't view either as wanting to be an autocrat. ...

Any one or two, I agree.

But when taken in the whole view....

I was surprised how many of the ten that Pres Trump placed a big bold tick mark in the the checkbox.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-20 01:18 PM | Reply

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