Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Published on November 19, 2018

John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

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  • Kira TheKillerNote 3 years ago

    How can you miss Narendra Modi? If you wanted to compare authoritarianism in any country with that of U.S, there couldn’t have been a better example. Even the resistance he faces here in India from our institutions is similiar, but the difference is in % of educated populace

  • MrMoro25 3 years ago

    Thank god my beloved Italy is always the slowest country to adapt and import these new international tendences

  • KingQwertzlbrmpf 3 years ago

    12:39 Trump is right though. It doesn’t matter who said something, the value of a quote is determined by its content, not by it’s author.
    14:48 Again, Trump isn’t wrong here. What he said is correct. I believe him when he says he hates some of the people in that room. And i have no reason (yet) to suspect he is lying on the part where he says he’d never kill them. But on a more generel note, Trump is taking the correct stance here. He may not like what others are saying, but they are allowed to say it without having to fear for their lives. Wether or not Trump turns out to be commited to that stance remains to be seen, but at least for now he is taking the correct stance.

    But again, on a more generel note. Why are people in this day and age attracted to authoritarian styles of government? The very broad anwser is this: Most western nations have been democracies for a long time now. And while democracies are great in principle, they tend to get bogged down in their own workings and thereby get more ineffective the longer they run. Authoritarian styles of government on the other hand are very effective systems that get shit done. Of course wether the shit they get done is shit you want to get done is a very different question and what shit gets done very much depends on who’s in charge.
    People love the freedom that democracies seems to give them. But when you show them the price of freedom they recoil. Authoritarian systems are attractive because you don’t have to think. It’s easier to just follow orders and repeat the party line than to actually think for yourself and take responsibility for your own actions.

  • Zach Pagkalinawan 3 years ago

    Brilliant show as always, John, please keep up the great work!

  • Younes ZH 3 years ago

    What’s so good about a star is born!?

  • Belen Monte 3 years ago

    You can find conservatives easily who support hitler’s views. I was surprised when infinity war release & I saw so many people saying thanos did nothing wrong!

  • Rup Ganguly 3 years ago

    Is Modi Sliding India into Dictatorship :-
    1)Projecting Strength – Check – He is Projecting militarily strength towards China and Bangladesh and Bragging about it .

  • ThePurple 3 years ago

    Let me have a disclaimer: Everything John is saying is right. Dictatorships are horrible. Authoritarianism, as the death of democracy, is an ultimately destabilizing force.

    Do you know why people in the Phillipines voted for Duterte, people in the Brazil voted for Bolonsaro? I don’t understand why Europeans and Americans are voting for these morons, at least their democratic institutions are working (albeit not well, wah wah unelected EU officials). Do you know what life is like in Rio or Manila? Their democracies have been wrecked by late stage capitalism, ruined by a ‘democratic’ government that has developed too soon into a corrupt and money-flushed elite of oligarch and officials. The correct way to go about cleaning this up is absolutely to work on democratic reform and cleaning up the institutions, a difficult and painful task. But I would caution against the casual disdain for the average person’s opinion in developing countries like when he played the clip of the Filipino woman earlier. Trump’s approval may be shite, but Duterte just hit his lowest approval rating at 72%. Thats right, 72% is his lowest.

    Not sure why I felt the need to write this, but if someone reads and thinks twice about their disdain for people in developing countries, I’d be happy.

  • Dan Wang 3 years ago

    British Clown spreading his liberal propaganda

  • Cindy Tucker 3 years ago

    Great show, John! You will be sorely missed while off camera; please keep the Twitter page active if possible!

  • Victor Espino 3 years ago

    It is a good quote, but he should have not tried to defend Mussolini. Lol. He’s an idiot

  • An0nim0u5 3 years ago

    Reaching… Disappointing last episode… I hope US governing system is good enough to desist any type of authoritarian attempt… But this topic has just become banal… The rest of Trump’s era is just gonna go miserably by the way it already has… Just wait it out…

  • Lord Tyrion 3 years ago

    everyone i don’t like is a dictator and basically hitler
    the emotional child’s guide to john oliver’s this week tonight

  • ʀ ᴏ ɢ ᴜ ᴇ 3 years ago

    ‘You wanna be associated with a fascist?’
    ‘No, I wanna be associated with interesting quotes.’ ??

  • missGuidedme 3 years ago

    duterte… what a piece of shit. good thing he’s included here.

  • Victor Dima 3 years ago

    You forgot Romania. 🙂 Did you hear about Liviu Dragnea?

  • NotMe, 3 years ago

    Depressing… It’s like people are missing the dark ages.

  • sauban musaddiq 3 years ago

    Hungary, Turkey, brazill…
    I am here yelling India.
    Modi government checks all the behaviors of Authoritarianism.

  • Undeadking125 3 years ago

    That infrastructure argument is made in Germany to date by certain poeple to Show that hitler was not all bad, for he built the Highway Network and all and taht was very good for the german industry and society…

  • mhughet 3 years ago

    Authoritarians are all the people have to combat the Jewish owned media in the Western World which dictates to the people what they should think and believe. The Rothchilds basically own Britain and most of the EU.


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