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The Danger of Covert Authoritarianism

The dangers of authoritarianism must be discussed and fought against from now on. Efforts to perpetuate power through methods that seem democratic must be prevented.

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Bivitri Susanti
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Bivitri Susanti
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Bivitri Susanti

Loyalists and critics of rulers are a necessity in a democracy. What is unusual and dangerous in state governance is when critics are silenced in various ways.

Such methods include recruiting them and making them part of the ruling group so that they are no longer critical of it and even become government supporters, as well as putting pressure on critics who do not want to join and become part of the ruling group. Powerful interests seek to ensure their support not only through the recruitment of activists to become part of the government but also the subjugation of intellectuals through campus authorities or financially backed projects to advance policies that are often unwise.

Editor:
SYAHNAN RANGKUTI
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