Creeping authoritarianism....how we doing?
I came across a post from 2018 based on an article in Foreign Policy from 2017 (https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/27/top-10-signs-of-creeping-authoritarianism-revisited/) on signs of creeping authoritarianism. I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit to see how far we've creeped since then...
Signs of creeping authoritarianism:
- Systematic efforts to intimidate the media (the press is the enemy of the people)
- Building an official pro-trump network (fox news, sinclair)
- Politicizing the civil service, military, national guard, or domestic security agencies (demanding loyalty pledges from the FBI, purging the FBI of those who would investigate trump and his family, more to come with sessions/rosenstein post election, demoting and eliminating scientists who discuss climate change)
- Using govt surveillance against domestic political opponents (working with russia to access stolen emails from the dnc)
- Using state power to reward corporate backers and punish opponents (going after amazon as a way to punish bezos who owns WaPo)
- Stacking the supreme court (kavanaugh)
- Enforcing the law for one side only (not clear yet, though some issues around immigration law and ICE)
- Really rigging the system (refusing to block russian interference in our election and their propaganda attacks on our politics)
- Fear mongering (lying about non-existent riots and hordes of muslims intermixed in caravans about to burst through our borders)
- Demonizing the opposition (lying about rioting democrats who are incapable of governing)
Moreover, I don't see in any of these areas where the situation has improved...]