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Authoritarianism’s enduring appeal: Anne Applebaum discusses

Across the world, from the Philippines to Hungary to Venezuela, nations have embraced authoritarian rule in recent years, in many cases with significant popular support. What is the enduring appeal of authoritarianism, what has the pandemic done to accelerate its growth, and how susceptible is the United States to its sway? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to investigate the allure of these anti-democratic movements and to shed light on their unlikely champions.

Viktor Orban's authority in Hungary; uptake of contact-tracing apps

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, with the view from Europe:

Will Hungary's move to end "rule by decree" minimize Viktor Orban's authority?

Well, the answer to that one is no. They have evidently felt the need for some facelift on the nature of what is going on in Hungary. They've done that. But it doesn't change anything of the substance. He's ruling in an increasingly authoritarian manner in his country.

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Populism Ain’t About the People

Trump. Brexit. 5Star. Marine Le Pen. Something, to coin a phrase, is happening here. But what’s not happening, says Princeton Professor and populism scholar Jan Muller, is the will of “the People.”

Unless we’re talking swamp people…

+Kim Jong-Un and the Heartbreakers + Quitaly + Colombi-uh?

Let’s get to it.

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