OPINION: It’s becoming springtime for dictators

A recent decision by California regulatory officials to impose new rules even after they were rejected by the Legislature mirrors a growing trend around the world toward less accountable and more authoritarian government, writes Joel Kotkin in the Orange County Register.  This trend is presenting itself in the European Union’s large bureaucracy, in Russia, in Latin America and in religion.  However, granting unelected bureaucrats the authority to make decisions once reserved for elected representatives threatens to undermine a constitutional system that has been in place since America’s founding.

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