Have you heard the term slippery slope? There are behaviors that serve as indicators of authoritarianism regardless of whether they result in a single death. It sounds like you are presuming authoritarianism is either there or not there. That’s not how it works. Authoritarianism ebbs and flows in a society in matters of degree. We are experiencing a high degree right now. It doesn’t have to include genocide to be dangerous. Hard-fought rights can be lost in an instant. The last election saw a striking number of minority Americans stricken from the voting rolls using something called Cross Check. This should actually be a widely reported scandal, but it’s not. Because people losing their voting rights and nobody hearing about it, hey, nothing to worry about in a democracy.

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