authoritarianism

[From French autorite: power or right to enforce obedience.]

  1. (politics) The idea that a leader or government possesses moral or legal supremacy and the right to command others without their consent. Although authoritarianism is sometimes considered to involve a less egregious violation of human rights than totalitarianism, it is still actively opposed to any form of democratic liberalism or libertarianism.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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