21st Century Dictatorships

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Egyptians gather in their thousands in Tahrir Square to mark the one year anniversary of the revolution on January 25, 2012 in Cairo Egypt Tahrir Square on the one year anniversary of the revolution. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

William Dobson, politics and foreign affairs editor at Slate and the author of The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, looks at how both world dictatorships and their opponents are adapting to technological advances.


William Dobson

Comments [4]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Today, June 5th is the 44th anniversary of the assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

This is an anniversary worth remembering.

Jun. 05 2012 11:42 AM
Amy from Manhattan

How does the Szechuan earthquake & the collapse of so many schools fit in w/Mr. Dobson's description of the "bargain" the Chinese gov't. offers its people--both the fact that they allowed such flimsy schools to be built & the way they suppressed the parents' protest?

Jun. 05 2012 11:40 AM

How's the US doing on the oppression scale? Obama has used laws — like the 1917 Espionage Act — that many dictators _wish_ they had. But, to mainstream, narrow-minded thinkers like those at Slate or The New York Times, the idea that the US might engage in oppressive tactics is unthinkable.

Jun. 05 2012 11:27 AM
oscar from ny

These demons can go to the most expensive schools to learn how to kill the people ...but their adapting technological advances go as far as posting propaganda in facebook -_-

Jun. 05 2012 10:11 AM

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