Just a few years ago, in his book on the periodic crises of democracy, political theorist David Runciman pointed to four systemic challenges - wars, financial debacle, rise of rival powers and environmental crisis - that would be root-threatening democracy in this. Considering the current pandemic as an expression of the environmental variable, it seems that we are now barely short of the military to complete the picture of a globalized crisis that is taking down on regimes and societies across the orb. Contagion and despotism reinforce each other, based on manipulation, fear and uncertainty.
While the current expansion of the Leviathan takes on different traits in democracies and autocracies; both trajectories share the state's unprecedented ability to regulate different areas of daily personal existence: health, movement, consumption. Regulation that grow outside the traditional control of authoritarian powers and administrative mechanisms of liberal mass republics. It would be a guardian power, which does not refer to classical tyranny , to illustrated depotism , to protective caudillism or modern totalitarianism. A strong power that does not require the abolition of republican clothing, since it emerges from the very democratic institutional fabric, from the bowels of open society, from the mentality of the liberal and massified individual.