Friday, January 14, 2011
Follow-Up on the Rise of Authoritarianism
I posted in December again about the global rise of authoritarianism. Today, it was reported that Freedom House observed in its annual report a trend toward authoritarianism and away from freedom for a record-breaking fifth straight year, in terms of the number of states in the world regarded as free, partly free or not free. What Freedom House found particularly disturbing was the apparent acceptance by free states of this trend I always respect Freedom House's work on this subject and look forward to its report every year. Up until the last five years, the report had observed great progress toward freedom. Freedom House's report of the authoritarian trend should call attention to the growing menace to liberty.