Trading freedom for safety and losing both/ WaPo

Global freedoms have hit a ‘dismal’ record low, with pandemic restrictions making things worse, report says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/10/global-democracy-index-2021-pandemic/

 

… the coronavirus led to “an unprecedented withdrawal of civil liberties among developed democracies and authoritarian regimes alike,” the report said. 

It has led to the normalization of emergency powers, which have tended to stay on the statute books, and accustomed citizens to a huge extension of state power over large areas of public and personal life,” reads the report, which adds that the pandemic has exposed inequalities in health care, government mismanagement, and weaknesses in economic ‘safety nets.’

The pandemic has also opened the door for governments to exploit the health crisis in order to suppress political participation

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