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Authoritarianism Rising: The Threat to Democracy and Democracy

Rising authoritarianism presents a challenge to democracy, but also to diversity and pluralism. It is associated with aversion to change and discomfort with diversity, and with fixed, rather than open or fluid worldviews. The success of authoritarian leaders in recent years across the globe, from Duterte to Bolsonaro, comes with direct assaults on marginalized communities. How do we understand the dynamics that bring such leaders to power, and how do we challenge them? This panel will explore the dynamics of a politics based on "us v. them;"  the use of rhetoric and authoritarian control as a form of social control over a manufactured and manipulated "other"; and using both historical and contemporary examples, how authoritarianism is incompatible with democracy.