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Authoritarian Government of Saudi Arabia

             George Orwell stated his educated opinion of Authoritarianism when he claimed in 1984, "Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." Authoritarianism is often considered a very compelling form of government, in which personal freedom is not allowed. There are many Authoritarian regime types, like a monarchy, military regime, personalistic civilian dictatorship, and dominant party civilian dictatorship. The Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia practices the monarchy regime type, where one particular "royal family", the Al Saud, controls government decisions. The New York Times article, Saudi Arabia's Succession Line Is Set, but the Nation's Path Remains Uncertain, mentions Saudi Arabia's lagging political qualities they are facing today. Not only is the country suffering from a poorly educated youth, which is leading to unemployment, but also the decline of oil revenues. Many scholars believe that their Authoritarian form of government causes this hardship Saudi Arabians are faced with on a daily basis. .
             Not only are the citizens of Saudi Arabia completely restrained by their rulers, women are known to be beheaded on the street and liberal thought provokers are given the death sentence. In the Saudi Arabia New York Times I have researched it is exclaimed that, "Saudi women still cannot drive and dissidents are jailed and flogged for expressing views seen as commonplace elsewhere." It is noticed in another New York Times article, Women in Saudi Arabia, that women are constantly viewed as inferior to men. It was seen at a medical lecture that all women were required to sit in rows behind men to listen to the lecture. The population of this suffering country is proven to be in danger, especially women, whereas there is an absolute lacking in women's rights.

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