Democracy Will Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic, but Not Without a Fight

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside a mosque as police clear a protest site as part of virus-containment measures, in New Delhi, India, March 24, 2020 (AP photo by Altaf Qadri).
Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside a mosque as police clear a protest site as part of virus-containment measures, in New Delhi, India, March 24, 2020 (AP photo by Altaf Qadri).
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Shortly after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, the Chinese Communist Party faced a PR problem. Its attempt to cover-up the public health crisis had sparked fervent criticism from journalists, foreign governments, international organizations and, more worryingly, from Chinese citizens themselves. Once the authorities in Beijing responded to the outbreak by shutting down Wuhan and its surrounding province, the party had to rebrand. A chief part of that effort was to declare that, in the battle against the coronavirus, its authoritarian government had proved that it could manage a […]

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