How To Consolidate Power: From Venezuela To Florida
For politicians who want centralized power, local governments can be an obstacle. In Venezuela, state and city governments run by the opposition have faced unrelenting attacks and have had their power stripped away. Now, many fear Florida is heading down a similar path – with a new law that punishes protesters and limits the power of local officials to rethink police funding.
Some of the ways Gov. Ron DeSantis uses his office and his party's majority in the state house to approve and propose laws that could punish protesters or local officials looking to rethink police funding, have drawn comparisons to the tactics of authoritarians like the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, and his successor Nicolás Maduro.