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Is the ideal of a benevolent dictatorship a myth?

#1ColbertFan1337Posted 9/23/2011 1:21:36 PM
What do you think? I'm thinking yes.
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#2TidusDaniel54Posted 9/23/2011 1:29:39 PM
I can't see one realistically happening.
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#3DieselJacknifePosted 9/23/2011 1:30:28 PM
Infortunately yes just for the simple fact that you can't keep everyone happy.
#4sfcalimariPosted 9/23/2011 1:31:07 PM
Of course it's possible. Trujillo was so loved by his people that he received more votes than there were people living in the Dominican Republic. That's devotion right there.
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#5MegamanMarioPosted 9/23/2011 1:37:25 PM
No. Look at the former Yugoslavia. If you were Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, or anything in between, everyone loved him. He was the only unifying force within a state that would later be driven into civil war.
#6NoSite4OldCEmenPosted 9/23/2011 1:45:49 PM
It works in Heaven, but us mortals can't handle that much power.
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#7RodrigoErwinPosted 9/23/2011 1:49:20 PM
Define benevolent.

There have been great leaders in the past with absolute power that did well for their country, empire w/e.

The problem was usually succession or dementia.
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#8BahamutPosted 9/23/2011 2:00:44 PM
A *permanent* benevolent dictatorship is a myth. Even if the first guy is not a jerk, the second guy invariably will be.
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#9mizukage2Posted 9/23/2011 2:24:23 PM
Bahamut posted...
A *permanent* benevolent dictatorship is a myth. Even if the first guy is not a jerk, the second guy invariably will be.

Not necessarily, but even if it isn't the second one somewhere down the line you will get a crazy guy in a position of absolute power.
#10RedcountPosted 9/23/2011 3:04:58 PM
There are certainly some dictators who act in a fashion that benefits their country greatly, especially those that facilitate a transition to democracy. I'm thinking of Ataturk.
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