The world is becoming more authoritarian as non-democratic regimes become even more brazen in their repression and many democratic governments suffer from backsliding by adopting their tactics of restricting free speech and weakening the rule of law, exacerbated by what threatens to become a "new normal" of Covid-19 restrictions.
For the fifth consecutive year, the number of countries moving in an authoritarian direction exceeds the number of countries moving in a democratic direction.
In fact, the number moving in the direction of authoritarianism is three times the number moving towards democracy.
Source: International IDEA, The Global State of Democracy Indices, 1975-2020 (2021)
interesting trends, will check to see if we can get more granular data and take a closer look at this chart that shows the success rate of mass resistance campaigns