“Freedom House, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting
freedom and democracy, reports that freedom across the globe has declined for
15 straight years."
"Across a swath of central Europe and central Asia in particular, a total
of 18 countries suffered declines in democratic trends last year, while only
six in those regions saw improvement."
"Democracy is messy, but in an authoritarian system the problem is the
lack of messiness. Cults of personality develop, opposing voices with
potentially good ideas are squelched, healthy debates and innovative thoughts
Gerald F. Seib The Wall
Street Journal (Reprinted The Australian - 14/7/21)