In history, has there ever been a truly "benevolent dictator?"
I would be interested to hear the stories of any 'truly benevolent' dictators. I am sure there are some dictators who have done more good than harm for their country, but I would suggest that except in times of extreme crisis when a strong leader is immediately required for short term management, the concept of a benevolent dictator is almost a contradiction - because a truly benevolent leader would not for long deny the people the right to decide their own future.
You would have to look at the Roman Republic to find them. Dictators would be granted absolute power by the Senate for a period of 6 months during emergencies. Julius Caesar became Dictator for Life and some might argue that he was a benevolent dictator. He fought his enemies, but pardoned them afterward. He also took care of the Roman people, who were very poor. He was ruthless toward foreign enemies though.
by The Pac-Man 5 years ago
What is the difference between God and a dictator?If God does not have to answer to anyone, or rather, if he does not have to explain himself to anyone, how is he (lets just assume its a he) different from a dictator?
by Onusonus 4 years ago
Oh wait. I forgot, there's no such thing as capitalist dictators. It was a commie, as usual.http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-execu … 39706.html
by Stacie L 6 years ago
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by ptosis 7 years ago
Do you believe that the best form of government is the benevolent dictator?Josef Stalin said “It doesn’t matter that people can vote, what does matter is who counts the vote.” Voting is a smokescreen! Do YOU know the relative merits of different election methods or you just believe in One...
by Paulo Camacho 7 years ago
Why there are dictators and why it's difficult transition to democracy as is now in Egypt?
by rakuba 7 years ago
Has there ever been a female dictator?
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