I love Visual Capitalist for the information that they churn out on a weekly basis in fantastic graphical formats.
The latest one was in regards to freedom and how it is in decline throughout the world. A quick email to a friend led to me adding Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Laos to this list and then I basically sat there thinking, woah, we live in a dictatorial region. But in the end isn’t it just human behaviour? First we want democracy in the false belief that our viewpoints will be heard and expressed through our votes and then we realise that the politicians are donkeys serving their self-interests, following on from this a strongman comes along saying what we want to hear and we believe it (notice a pattern?), then it’s great for the first few years and then we realise the strongman is corrupt as they typically stay too long and then power corrupts, and then we demand democracy, rinse and repeat. Everything is just a cycle….
Anyways enjoy the chart below with a link to the original piece and the full paper it’s based upon.