authoritarianism

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’
Hungary Holds Parliamentary Elections

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
Russian President Putin attends meeting in Moscow

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
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House in Washington, U.S.

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
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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
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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
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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
U.S. President Trump departs the White House in Washington

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.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach

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
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Donald Trump’s paranoid pedigree

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