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By Bill Benson
columnist 

Authoritarianism

 

August 5, 2020

Certain individuals desire a headstrong official to govern.

They submit to that man or woman who claims all power belongs to him or herself. They follow. They obey. They do what they are told. They cease thinking for themselves. They refuse to contradict. They discard their own thoughts. They appreciate a monarch’s talent for quick far-reaching decisions.

Politicians call this right-of-center government “authoritarianism.”

Other individuals want a democracy, a republic, a sharing of power, where numerous people submit their ideas and plans onto a platform for the public to consider. E...



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