Authoritarian Checklist

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Win elections on fear & populist promises
Reclaim power for the People from the “elites”
Purge highest positions in key government institutions
Place cronies in positions of highest power regardless of their competence
Brush off any critical press as “fake”, “corrupt”, “acting against the People”
Bluntly lie to the People
Ban press from parliament/congress/White House or selectively limit their access
Limit press freedom & quietly take control of mainstream media
Label opposition & protesters as “traitors”, “elites trying to reclaim power”
Limit freedom of assembly
Fix highest court to be able to bypass Constitution “for the good of the people”
Limit minority & women’s rights
Ruin the economy to fulfil your populist promises in the short term
Alienate international partners and allies, “making your country great again”
Quietly fix electoral law under the disguise of making it better
Start over, until there’s nothing left…


– With love, your Eastern European friends.


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SO plain but that is the key. Done in plain sight and allowed by the Republican Party. The question is why would they allow this.

Bastion Frost
Do I think Trump is smart enough to pull off an Authoritarian Coup ? Nope. Do I think most Americans are either too dense and short-sighted, or too mollified and blinded by the little scraps Trump is giving them to see it coming ? Unfortunately at this time, all signs… Read more »
Les Watts

How am I the first to comment on this? We, as Americans, are far too close to democratic catastrophe.