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Hayward: Five Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Strengthened Authoritarianism Worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic has been an indisputable boon for authoritarianism. Individual liberty and personal sovereignty are in retreat around the world. Tyrannical China is rising as the dominant world power, having paid no price for unleashing the disease, while the United States and its allies are having deep second thoughts about economic freedom, free speech, and other bulwarks against authoritarian control.

Demonstrators, including many first responders, protest the new vaccine mandate at City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 20, 2021. - Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that starting January 15, 2022, guest and employees, in the Boston will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in order to …

China Disappears Tiananmen Square Memorial in Hong Kong

Chinese officials tore down the “Pillar of Shame,” a 26-foot-tall statue of brutalized bodies commemorating the 1989 massacre of Tiananmen Square protesters by the Chinese Communist government, on Thursday over the objections of its creator.

The "Pillar of Shame" statue stands at the Hong Kong University campus on October 15, 2021 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong University demanded that a now-disbanded pro-democracy alliance remove the artwork, an eight-metre tall monument to the Tiananmen Square Massacre by Danish artist Jens Glaschiot, after it has stood …

Left-Wing Salon: Biden Admin. ‘Far More Successful Stifling Free Speech than Trump Ever Was’

A Salon article declared the “honeymoon” between the press and the president “over” as it accused the Biden administration of frequently preventing President Biden from speaking with the press due to fears of what they will ask and how he will respond, while claiming the president was failing due to his “tightly controlled relationship to the media” as he is “walled off by advisers who won’t let him talk.”

US President Joe Biden departs after delivering remarks about the ongoing evacuation of Afghanistan, on August 24, 2021, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)