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Authoritarianism: The Legacy of the Financial Crisis, by Harold James

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'Worldwide, political leaders have justified authoritarian behavior by saying they're responding to a crisis — then every problem becomes one.  This post-crisis mentality is in keeping with the German political theorist Carl Schmitt’s doctrine of “decisionism.” Schmitt, who joined the Nazi Party in 1933, held that sovereign decision-making is the central feature of the political process. When leaders make political decisions, they are reasserting control over the concept of sovereignty itself, which has been gradually eroded and transformed through various phases of globalization.The Soviet-born British journalist Peter Pomerantsev said it best in the title of his brilliant book about post-Soviet life: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible. Now that crisis has been normalized as a permanent condition, we are all post-Soviet.'

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