Supporters in Poland gather to watch a televised debate ahead of June 28’s presidential election (Piotr Lapinski/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

The real reason authoritarian populism is on the rise: it’s simple

American-Polish writer Anne Applebaum probes the decline of a just society in the U.S., Britain and Poland in a new book, titled ‘Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism’

In countries around the world, elections without a free press are a dire reality

Opinion: The rise of authoritarianism in places like Hungary and Venezuela are chilling reminders that we can’t be complacent about freedoms or a free press

To defeat tyranny today, look to the past

The history of dictatorship and populist demagoguery can help us sort out what’s happening now—and even reassure us that there’s reason for hope

Donald Trump’s bromance with autocrats only empowers them

Trump has revealed a tendency to appreciate some of the world’s worst leaders—Erdogan, Gadhafi, Putin, Saddam—and that’s a serious problem

Why Donald Trump will always be at war

Americans live as if they’re constantly at war, constantly under some degree of threat, and therefore always at the ready to defend themselves

Donald Trump’s American Idiocracy

Donald Trump isn’t responsible for poisonous American politics, but he’s what you get when everything goes wrong in the just right way

Don’t normalize Donald Trump

As we get used to Trump’s style of governing, we risk forgetting that his authoritarian tendencies are disturbing and dangerous

How long can Trump’s love affair with Republican voters last?

The president’s approval ratings are low, but American Republicans still love him. Why? Because they also want to love themselves.

How American democracy could slowly fade away

If the world’s oldest democracy comes undone in the 21st century, it won’t be through revolution—it will be through neglect

Donald Trump’s paranoid pedigree

The White House is ground-zero for distrust, suspicion, and sloppy thinking. That’s a serious problem.

Why Donald Trump wants to ‘rebuild’ the military

As the president requests a hike in defence spending, the military-industrial complex meets a paranoid White House

What if Trump’s constant lying makes his false reality believable?

All the president’s little lies normalize falsity and create the conditions necessary for a big lie to become believable