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Is the ideal of a benevolent dictatorship a myth?

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4 years ago#1
What do you think? I'm thinking yes.
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4 years ago#2
I can't see one realistically happening.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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4 years ago#3
Infortunately yes just for the simple fact that you can't keep everyone happy.
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4 years ago#4
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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4 years ago#5
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.
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4 years ago#6
It works in Heaven, but us mortals can't handle that much power.
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4 years ago#7
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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4 years ago#8
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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4 years ago#9
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.
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4 years ago#10
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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