Why haven't there been many good dictators?

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member

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    Why haven't there been many good dictators? Is it just inherent human nature, when an individual holds absolute power and not held accountable to anyone?

    Or is it that only the most evil and ruthless were able to come to power through unscrupulous means?
     
  2. DarkDaimon

    DarkDaimon Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was pretty obvious. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. No matter how noble one's intentions, power will eventually corrupt them one way or another. That is why the U.S. Constitution has so many check and balances.
     
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    because absolute power is not good for humans.

    meantime ... my view of dictatorships is that while we might like to imagine that those of history are just that, history (and we think this because we cannot imagine ourselves ever being 'stupid' or 'weak' enough to tolerate such a thing), in the west we do currently seem to be edging closer and closer to authoritarianism - which is what often comes before a dictatorship.
     
  4. Steady Pie

    Steady Pie Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Because you don't establish a dictatorship to protect the revolution, you establish the revolution to establish a dictatorship.
     

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