Coronavirus Authoritarianism Is Getting Out of Hand

Apr 18, 2020

Happy Saturday from Washington, where President Trump and Vice President Pence outline signs of hope in a national emergency sparked by COVID-19 that is historic in scope. Plus: Big Brother thrives on the coronavirus, China as a bad role model, and strong words for the Voice of America. On this date in 1989, thousands of Chinese students assemble in Beijing to protest China's communist government and call for greater democracy, a movement that will be suppressed brutally in the Tiananmen Square massacre less than two months later. Stay safe this weekend.


By David Harsanyi

Politicians act as though a health crisis gives them license to lord over the most private activities of the American people in ways that are wholly inconsistent with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.
By John Stossel

China's dictators are quick to take extreme measures against whatever they see as a problem. They locked down Wuhan, closed roads to the city, stopped public transit, and banned private cars.
By Helle Dale

President Trump mounts a fierce attack on the Voice of America, the U.S. government's broadcasting entity that reaches out to the world in 47 different languages and is a part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

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