Thomas L. Friedman: China and Russia Overreached and Are Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name

From a New York Times column by Thomas L. Friedman headlined “China and Russia Are Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name”:

The last decade looked like a good one for authoritarian regimes and a challenging one for democratic ones. Cybertools, drones, facial recognition technology and social networks seemed to make efficient authoritarians even more efficient and democracies increasingly ungovernable.

The West lost self-confidence — and both Russian and Chinese leaders rubbed it in, putting out the word that these chaotic democratic systems were a spent force.

And then a totally unexpected thing happened: Russia and China each overreached.