The democratic threat to democracy

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US PRESIDENT Joe Biden's latest Summit for Democracy got here at a time when democracy seems to be in retreat. Autocratic leaders reminiscent of Chinese President Xi Jinping are claiming that their techniques can climate pandemics, ship financial progress, and guarantee safety extra reliably than liberal democracies can. China's stellar financial efficiency over 3 a long time would appear to counsel so. But when assessing the present problem to democracy, one should distinguish between 2 kinds of autocratic fashions.

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