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US & authoritarianism -- scary similarities

Isn't it frightening how similar post-2001 America is to the definition of authoritarianism?
Theodore M. Vestal of Oklahoma State University-Stillwater has written that authoritarianism is characterized by:

* "Highly concentrated and centralized power structures," in which political power is generated and maintained by a "repressive system that excludes potential challengers" and uses political parties and mass organizations to "mobilize people around the goals of the government";[2]
* The following principles:

1) rule of men, not rule of law;
2) rigged elections;
3) all important political decisions made by unelected officials behind closed doors;
4) a bureaucracy operated quite independently of rules, the supervision of elected officials, or concerns of the constituencies they purportedly serve;
5) the informal and unregulated exercise of political power;[2]

* Leadership that is "self-appointed and even if elected cannot be displaced by citizens' free choice among competitors"
* No guarantee of civil liberties or tolerance for meaningful opposition;[2]