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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