How Authoritarians Turn Rural Areas Into Their Strongholds

Written by Michael Albertus 11 April 2021

“Most authoritarian governments seek first and foremost to entrench their power. These governments would rather control their rural populations than see them thrive and become autonomous. For authoritarians, land reform is a convenient tool to destroy rival elites in the countryside while entangling rural workers in the tentacles of authoritarian influence” (Michael Albertus, 2021).

Publisher: The Atlantic

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Category: Authoritarianism