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How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw

Zeynep Tufekci on why China’s use of surveillance and censorship makes it harder for Xi Jinping to know what’s going on in his own country.

“It’s not clear why Xi let things spin so far out of control,” writes Tufekci. “It might be that he brushed aside concerns from his aides until it was too late, but a stronger possibility is that he did not know the crucial details.”

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