Authoritarianism

Hayward: Five Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Strengthened Authoritarianism Worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic has been an indisputable boon for authoritarianism. Individual liberty and personal sovereignty are in retreat around the world. Tyrannical China is rising as the dominant world power, having paid no price for unleashing the disease, while the United States and its allies are having deep second thoughts about economic freedom, free speech, and other bulwarks against authoritarian control.

Demonstrators, including many first responders, protest the new vaccine mandate at City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 20, 2021. - Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that starting January 15, 2022, guest and employees, in the Boston will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to …

Blackwell: America Must Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

The American people must never lose sight of what makes our country great as we march toward victory in our ongoing efforts to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. We must defeat this enemy while being true to our highest values, upholding the religious liberty and civil rights of our fellow citizens by rejecting vaccine mandates.

Demonstrators gathered outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest Covid-19 vaccination and mask mandates. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Mass Resignations, Protests in Tunisia Against Saied Dictatorship

One-hundred-thirteen senior officials from Tunisia’s opposition Ennahda party resigned on Saturday, protesting President Kais Saied’s increasingly dictatorial rule and their own party leadership’s poor response to it. Thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital of Tunis on Sunday to demand Saied’s resignation.

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power. - Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced …