This might be GD territory, but since people are ranking just about everything these days, I’d wondered if there was any consensus on which city governments and officials today are the most autocratic. By which I mean city officials most notorious for top-down control, rule by edict, vindictive against critics and general disdain if not open contempt for the public. Often backed by a police force set up to be City Hall’s thugs.
As a standard of comparison, I offer Frank Hague, mayor of Jersey City from 1917 to 1947. In addition to heading a corrupt political machine that made him rich, Hague once publicly boasted “I Am The Law”, denounced defenders of free speech and constitutional rights as Communists, and advocated sending such troublemakers to concentration camps in Alaska.