Autocracy, democracy, and industrialization

Your children or grandchildren are going to be doing their doctoral thesis on the issue of who succeeded—autocracy, or democracy? . . . We are in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution of enormous consequence. Will there be a middle class? How will people adjust to these significant changes in science and technology? The environment? How will they do that? And are democracies equipped, because all the people get to speak, to compete? . . . This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century, and autocracies. If you notice, you don’t have Russia talking about communism anymore. It is about autocracy: demand decisions made by a leader of a country. That is what is at stake.

—President Joe Biden, 25 March 2021