Indeed, the Soviet Union would not have been able to sustain 20 million KIA in the great patriotic war if it had been a democratic societyI was listening to something on R4 yesterday evening and they were discussing the Coronavirus thing.
One of the contributors said that the reason China seems to have got a grip of their end of the epidemic* is that their authoritarian regime was able to impose the kind of restrictions that would be impossible in the UK and that the Chinese citizenry are more accustomed to having to comply to authority. It was felt that there would be a great deal of resistance to and non-compliance with similar restrictive ordinances and suspension of freedoms in the liberal-minded UK of today, where individual rights have been elevated over those of society.
I believe that they are probably right.
( * Assuming, of course, that things are being fully and truthfully reported.)