Global: Death of democracy … and the rise of the techno-autocracy
Democracy is under attack. This calls into question the global leadership of the world’s most significant rich economies. From within they are under siege from populism. Externally, their status is being undermined by alternative social systems which are delivering improved economic well-being, but at the expense of increased surveillance and oppression. This is new. Over the past two centuries, dictatorships never came close to rivalling the economic dividends of the ballot box. Now, in relatively few, but highly-significant cases, dictatorships have developed integrated political, social and economic models that can compete.