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Definition expecting unquestioning obedience
  • 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.
  • ...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)
  • 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)
  • He is a timid child of authoritarian parents.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • I had attended the ceremony against his vehement opposition, and he was feeling vindicated and authoritarian.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Economics aside, this is a conspiracy to undermine the leadership of a suspicious, authoritarian regime.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • 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
  • 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
  • But by the fourth decade of the twentieth century all the main currents of political thought were authoritarian.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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
  • 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
  • Where are you going, gentlemen?" the principal's loud, authoritarian voice boomed behind them.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • By this I mean the authoritarian power of State and Church.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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