It feels like this is the case within many regimes categorised as “authoritarian”, as well as those considered democratic! There is always a regime elite that enjoys special privileges — the business elite in the UK or the US, for example — and there are always marginalised groups and minorities. But maintaining a state-controlled Big Brother style surveillance system is too much for most governments to genuinely manage! Just look at the coronavirus outbreak, which has thrown a surprising spotlight on the gaps in China’s apparent surveillance state. The Economist ran a brilliant piece on the authoritarian nature of China’s response, and conceded this point.

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Specialist in modern authoritarianism, feminist, political scientist in progress (PhD). Everyday academia, low-brow, no jargon/acronyms/obscure Latin.

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Abbey Heffer

Abbey Heffer

Specialist in modern authoritarianism, feminist, political scientist in progress (PhD). Everyday academia, low-brow, no jargon/acronyms/obscure Latin.

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