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  • Journalists in authoritarian regimes are expected to support official policy.
  • Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
    Potter Stewart
  • It is an authoritarian regime.
  • Bailey went on, revealing their coverage of a dozen authoritarian regimes, from Khartoum to Pyongyang, where the authorities had no idea they were being watched by three thousand Circlers in California—had no notion that they could be watched, that this technology was or would ever be possible.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • The meeting was full of strange crosscurrents: the nostalgic Piedmont, the religious Piedmont, the authoritarian Piedmont, the paternal Piedmont, and the one I would come to know most intimately—the vengeful Piedmont.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Sophie told me once—as she went on to reveal certain bits of her life in Cracow which she had previously withheld—that whatever the Professor’s grim authoritarian disdain for her, his adoration of his two little grandchildren had been melting, genuine, complete.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • His first name is Josef and they call him Uncle Joe, because he has a mustache and an Eastern European accent and is authoritarian in his opinions.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But by the fourth decade of the twentieth century all the main currents of political thought were authoritarian.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They set up one of the most authoritarian administrations on earth, one that tolerated no opposition to their hard-line policies.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • By this I mean the authoritarian power of State and Church.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • Ezra Pound’s politics, for instance, a mixture of anti-Semitism and authoritarianism that made Italian fascism congenial to him, are repugnant to any thinking person, and to the extent that they find expression in his poetry, they destroy everything they touch.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He could think of no possible way he could tell them what they should work toward without falling back into the trap of authoritarian, didactic teaching.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I had attended the ceremony against his vehement opposition, and he was feeling vindicated and authoritarian.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • It is by definition a purely authoritarian state that tolerates no independence or individuality.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • She’s saying through the stall door that she’s sorry for laughing at my hair and that she knows she’s controlling and that she suffers from a borderline authoritarian personality disorder, and she says she’s going to make a concerted effort to stop telling everyone, especially me, what to do.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Economics aside, this is a conspiracy to undermine the leadership of a suspicious, authoritarian regime.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • As soon as kitsch is recognized for the lie it is, it moves into the context of non-kitsch, thus losing its authoritarian power and becoming as touching as any other human weakness.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • In exchange for housing—usually a cot in a vacant horse stall—and about $5 a week for food, bug boys gave the trainer first call on their riding services, their toil in an unending stream of barn chores, and authoritarian control over their lives.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • With wry humor, Herb began referring to her as "the Madam" in delicately mocking tribute to her authoritarian nature.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • That may be because an authoritarian and patriarchal home environment is mirrored in an authoritarian and patriarchal political system.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Everywhere it reflected the authoritarian spandrels of his character, from its surfeit of policemen to its strict rules against picking flowers.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Coming from an authoritarian monarchy, the minister had a difficult time understanding how the legal maneuvering of a small group of political radicals and an impending hearing by some provincial tribunal could take precedence over the will of the country’s chief executive.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Both in looks and in speech he was mildly authoritarian; Vic and Roger had talked to some forty teachers and half a dozen child psychiatrists and had discovered that this was the sort of parental role model that the majority of kids feel most comfortable with, and the sort that so few actually have in their homes.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The figures you have been looking at show the present circumstances . and the disaster they will produce in only a few years through drainage of Luna’s natural resources—disaster which these Authority bureaucrats—or should I say ’authoritarian bureaucrats?’—would avert by telling us to stand in the corner like naughty children!
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Mama Elena stopped what she was doing and addressed Tita in an authoritarian voice: "What happened?
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Where are you going, gentlemen?" the principal’s loud, authoritarian voice boomed behind them.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Take me home!" she ordered, copying the authoritarian tone her grandfather employed with everyone he considered beneath his social station.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • That may be because an authoritarian and patriarchal home environment is mirrored in an authoritarian and patriarchal political system.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Badenhorst was reputed to be one of the most brutal and authoritarian officers in the entire prison service.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Yet, indeed, even leaving aside these most powerful resemblances, which are very real and which find their origin in similar historical fountains (there should be added: an entrenched religious hegemony, authoritarian and puritanical in spirit), one discovers more superficial yet sparkling cultural correspondences: the passion for horseflesh and military titles, domination over women (along with a sulky-sly lechery), a tradition of storytelling, addiction to the blessings of firewater.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ...democracies typically have freer economies than do authoritarian states.
    Doug Bandow  --  Spreading Capitalism Is Good for Peace  --  http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=5193&print=Y(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • He is a timid child of authoritarian parents.
  • The country is ruled by a self-appointed authoritarian regime.
    James M. Buchanan  --  Notes on the Liberal Constitution  --  http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj14n1-1.html(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Although there is an outside chance that a worst-case scenario—a powerful Chinese economy exploited by an authoritarian government with an aggressively expansionist agenda—will materialize in the coming decades, it is more likely that economic liberalization will be followed by political liberalization, as we have seen in South Korea, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries.
    Cato Handbook for Congress: Dealing with a Resurgent China  --  http://www.cato.org/pubs/handbook/hb105-48.html(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • The darling of the new authoritarian left, Chavez has become chummy with Iran, negotiating a number of economic and trade deals.
    Peter Brookes  --  New Radical Chic: UNESCO’s Bizarre Hero  --  http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed022106a.cfm(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Political power that depends exclusively for its survival upon force inevitably degenerates into military power and leads to an authoritarian and usually a totalitarian state.
    Lee Edwards  --  The Origins of the Modern American Conservative Movement  --  http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL811.cfm(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • This was a large milestone on Russia’s rapid slide back into authoritarianism.
    Political dynamite by George Will - Townhall.com  --  http://www.townhall.com/print/print_story.php?sid=11078&loc=/opinion/columns/georgewill/2004/03/15/11078.html(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • You tell him he mustn’t get hostile and he says ’to hell with that,’ and tell him to calm down, in an authoritarian voice, of course, and here he comes, all two hundred and ten red-headed psychopathic Irishman pounds of him, right across the interviewing table at you.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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