As authorities enact a raft of restrictions around the world to stem the spread of COVID-19, some are wondering whether those strict measures could end up stifling democracy. From Chile to Israel to Hungary, governments are deploying tools like military troops, mass surveillance and rule-by-decree to enforce order in these dark times. The U.N. rights chief says "a parallel epidemic" of abusive rule could be underway.
Why does it matter? As OZY previously reported, how governments handle the crisis could alter the longer-term dynamics between people and power.