Authoritarians want the government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They are willing to use coercion to realize their ideals–and advocate for a strong military and police powers to do the job. Authoritarians doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today’s world. They tend to distrust open markets, seek centralized planning of the economy, and rarely tolerate diverse ways of living. Civil liberties often stand in the way of social order and/or equal outcomes. Conformity unites.

Famous authoritarians include Kim Jong-un, Augusto Che Guevara, and Joseph Stalin.

“It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.” — Benito Mussolini, founder of the National Fascist Party and Prime Minister of Italy, 1922 – 1943

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