“There’s a pretty good chance you may have been watching the news at some point this year and found yourself wondering, ‘What the fuck is happening in the world and why?’ “

That’s how John Oliver started his “Last Week Tonight” monologue on authoritarianism this week. With his characteristic humor-filled, informative style, the comedian went on to analyze three traits that authoritarians in power across the globe share in order to come to grips with why they’re so appealing to voters. Oliver also tried to determine whether the U.S. is headed in the same harrowing direction as are a third of the countries on earth.

Watch the full clip in the video player above.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Your support matters…

Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.

You can help level the playing field. Become a member.

Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.

Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.