Essay about Authoritarianism: Prevail, or Not?

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“History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior,” Vladimir Putin once said this. With such a view of authoritarianism, there would be assumption that the entire world is on its way to seek such democracy if it is such a clear, correct choice. However, nothing is ever so simple, and this is not the case. In this essay I will take a look at how authoritarianism fails, as well as why it is able to prevail is some areas. Authoritarian forms of government do sometimes fail. The reasons for such failure include the public’s dissatisfaction with the current governmental regime, the …show more content…
After revealing such shortcomings, the goal of glasnost is to foster change and legitimacy in the current regime. However, Gorbachev’s plan backfired. Citizens of the Soviet Union began to question the very political system in place and ethnic groups began seeking greater freedom from Russian domination. Glasnost is the perfect example of how people began to unite in their governmental dissatisfaction. Once citizens were able to speak openly about their opposition they realized many others felt the same way. And so, the realization of like-minded thinking allowed people to unite in their dissatisfaction. However, such dissatisfaction must be followed up with real, impactful action. Along with mere public discontent for the authoritarian regime, must come an outlet for such thoughts. People only challenge an authoritarian regime when they believe they have the means and support to prevail in breaking that regime down. Without a strong, united, and capable opposition there is little hope in taking down a nondemocratic regime. However, with enough support, as well as the right support, citizens will sometimes be able to overthrow such a regime. In the case of Serbia, the creation of the Otpor (Resistance) group allowed Serbians that opposed the current regime under Milosevic to realize other citizens felt the same way, as seen in