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REASON #8: AUTOCRACY

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Autocracy comes from the Greek words: ?autos? meaning ?self? and ?kratos? meaning ?power.? In an autocratic system, one person or group holds all the power, without the participation, or sometimes even the consent, of the people. It is considered as the opposite of democracy.

An autocracy lacks political competition, transparency, freedom of expression, right to have a different opinion, human rights framework, and accountability of state institutions. The autocrat of a country will definitely claim, in theory, the existence of such rights and will ask the state institutions to observe them. However, in practice, there won?t be any checks and balances or the precedent of such rights existing and laws observed by the state.

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