Brazil, Russia, Britain and the U.S. Have Something in Common: Illiberal Populist Leaders

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Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders

By David Leonhardt and 

New York Times

The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain. And they have something in common.

They are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment.

The four leaders — Jair Bolsonaro, Donald J. Trump, Vladimir V. Putin and Boris Johnson — also have a lot of differences, of course, as do their countries. Yet all four subscribe to versions of what Daniel Ziblatt, a government professor at Harvard and co-author of the book “How Democracies Die,” calls “radical right illiberal populism.”

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