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The American disaster

In delusion. The American disaster
TRUMPISM / How do democracies die? Often with the help of elected leaders. This was the case in Russia, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine and Poland, as well as in several South American countries. And in the United States?

The historians Steven Levitsky og Daniel Ziblatt describes in the book How Democracies Die four characteristics of future autocrats: They ignore democratic rules; they deny the opponent's legitimacy; they tolerate or support violence; they restrict civil rights and freedom of the press. "A politician who meets only one of these criteria gives cause for concern," they write – and continue about the United States: "With the exception of Richard Nixon no presidential candidate in the last century has fulfilled a single one of these. . .

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Ranveig Eckhoff
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