The Psychology of an Isolated Russia | The New Yorker

“So this is the thing about authoritarian regimes. They’re terrible at everything. They can’t feed their people. They can’t provide security for their people … they only have to be good at one thing to survive. The suppression of alternatives. If they can deny political alternatives, if they can force all opposition into exile or prison, they can survive no matter how incompetent, no matter how corrupt, no matter how terrible they are.”