Study: The GOP Is Becoming One Of The World’s Most Authoritarian Parties
The Republican Party has become increasingly regressive and autocratic over the past decade, according to a new Swedish study, and “now more closely resembles far-right ruling parties in Turkey, Hungary, and India than typical center-right parties in Western European democracies.”
Common Dreams reports:
In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the Varities of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg found that since 2004 the Republican Party has "retreated from upholding democratic norms" and is shifting in an increasingly authoritarian direction, especially since the ascension of President Donald Trump.
The study found that the GOP is "now more similar to autocratic ruling parties such as the Turkish AKP and Fidesz in Hungary than to typical center-right governing parties in democracies such as the Conservatives in the U.K. or CDU in Germany."
- According to the study, "The Republican Party in 2018 was far more illiberal than almost all other governing parties in democracies. Only very few governing parties in democracies in this millennium (15%) were considered more illiberal than the Republican Party in the U.S."
- V-Dem deputy director Anna Luehrmann told CNN that for Republicans, "The disagreement is not any more just about policy. We see that at least one political group seems to go by: 'Take all means necessary to achieve our policy goals.'"
- Luehrmann also said, "What we see is that the disrespect of political opponents, the encouragement of violence, and also the violation of minority rights... they have all clearly increased with the Republican Party in recent years, since [Trump] came in the leadership but also before that.”