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'''Dictator''' is originally the title of a [[magistrate]] in [[ancient Rome]] appointed by the [[Roman Senate|Senate]] to rule the state in times of emergency. In modern usage, it refers to an absolutist or [[Autocracy|autocratic]] ruler who assumes sole power over the state (though the term is normally not applied to an [[monarch|absolute monarch]]). Like the term [[tyrant]], and to a lesser degree autocrat, it was a respectable title in the ancient world, but has some come to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive, even abusive, [[despot]] who rules with no regard for any existing [[constitutional]] [[democratic]] structures, organs or other entities. Almost always marked by a resilient resistance to reality and rational thought. This enables the dictator to act in a manner otherwise impossible. As such, grave [[human rights]] violations, [[torture]], disappearances, pervasive [[police state]] [[surveillance]] and the repeal of existing [[human rights]] laws and ignoring [[Bill of Rights|constitutional protections]], become the norm in societies ruled by dictators (even when "democratically" elected by the "majority"). Summary [[execution]]<ref>http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/when-a-republican-murders-u-s-citizens by [[Ted Nugent]] Accessed March 28, 2014</ref> by [[Executive Order]]<ref>"Few things are as dangerous to [[America]]n [[liberty]] as the proposition that the [[government]] should be able to kill [[citizen]]s anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a [[court]], either before or after the fact. Anyone willing to trust President [[Obama]] with the power to secretly declare an American [[citizen]] an [[enemy of the state]] and order his [[extrajudicial]] killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/us-targeted-killings-eric-holder_n_1320515.html Accessed March 28, 2014</ref> is the punishment of choice for a wide variety of offenses, both [[criminal]] and [[political]], under the rule of a dictator.
  
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Dictators come to power in a variety of ways. They can be elected fairly and then refuse to give up power; they may seize control of the country in a [[coup d'état]]; or they may be placed in power as the puppet of a stronger country that desires influence in the region. Alternatively, some countries such as the former [[Soviet Union]] are ruled by a single party which appoints a succession of dictators without regard for its people; this is known as a systemic dictatorship.
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Since the nature of dictatorship is fundamentally at odds with the principals of [[democracy]], dictators are usually condemned by the international community. Consequently, many adopt tactics to try and give their regime an air of legitimacy, such as holding sham or coerced [[election]]s, or declaring a state of emergency in the country with the implication that democracy will be restored in due course (almost always an empty promise).
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Notable dictators in world history have included:
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* [[Adolf Hitler]], Chancellor of Germany from 1933–45
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* [[Josef Stalin]], General Secretary of the [[Communist Party]] of the [[Soviet Union]] from 1928–53
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* [[Genghis Khan]], founder and Khagan of the Mongolian Empire
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* The Kim dynasty of [[North Korea]], currently run by [[Kim Jong-Un]]
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* [[Qin Shi Huang]], first emperor of China
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* [[Pol Pot]], head of the [[Khmer Rouge]] and ruler of [[Cambodia]] (or Kampuchea) from 1963–98
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* [[Emomali Rahmon]], dictator of [[Tajikistan]] since Independence
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* [[Saparmurat Niyazov]], first president of [[Turkmenistan]]
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* [[Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow]], current president of Turkmenistan
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* [[Muhammad Shaybani]], founded the Khanate of Bukhara
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* [[Abu'l-Khayr Khan]], founder of Kazakh Khanate
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* [[Babur]], Timurid and founder of the Mughal Empire
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* [[Saman Khuda]], convert to Islam and founder of the Samanid Empire
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* [[Timur]], founder of the Timurid Empire; conquered central Asia
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* [[Islam Karimov]], previous president of [[Uzbekistan]]
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* [[Nursultan Nazarbayev]], president of [[Kazakhstan]] since Independence
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* [[Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]], dictator of [[Turkey]] and supporter of Islamist proxies
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* [[Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini]], of [[Iran]]
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* [[Ilham Aliyev]], infamous president of [[Azerbaijan]]
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* [[House of Saud]], Islamic dynasty controlling Arabia
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* [[Muamar Ghaddafi]], long-time [[terrorist]] leader of [[Libya]]
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* Mbasogo dynasty of [[Equatorial Guinea]]
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* [[Isaias Afwerki]] of [[Eritrea]]
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Some rulers take on the traits of a dictator but have failed to secure totalitarian rule. Examples include [[Fidel Castro]] of [[Cuba]].
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==Quotes==
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* [[C.S. Lewis]] wrote:
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:Of all tyrannies, a [[tyranny]] sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most [[oppression|oppressive]]. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral [[busybody|busybodies]]. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own [[conscience]]. [http://www.tsowell.com/quotes.html]
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* "Educate and inform the whole mass of [[citizen|the people]]... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our [[liberty]]." -- [[Thomas Jefferson]]
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==See also==
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* [[Dictatorship]]
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* [[List of dictators]]
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* [[Friendly dictator]]
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==References==
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[[Category:Government]]
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[[Category:Politics]]
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[[Category:Roman History]]
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[[Category:Political Terms]]

Revision as of 09:11, 11 August 2018

Dictator is originally the title of a magistrate in ancient Rome appointed by the Senate to rule the state in times of emergency. In modern usage, it refers to an absolutist or autocratic ruler who assumes sole power over the state (though the term is normally not applied to an absolute monarch). Like the term tyrant, and to a lesser degree autocrat, it was a respectable title in the ancient world, but has some come to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive, even abusive, despot who rules with no regard for any existing constitutional democratic structures, organs or other entities. Almost always marked by a resilient resistance to reality and rational thought. This enables the dictator to act in a manner otherwise impossible. As such, grave human rights violations, torture, disappearances, pervasive police state surveillance and the repeal of existing human rights laws and ignoring constitutional protections, become the norm in societies ruled by dictators (even when "democratically" elected by the "majority"). Summary execution[1] by Executive Order[2] is the punishment of choice for a wide variety of offenses, both criminal and political, under the rule of a dictator.

Dictators come to power in a variety of ways. They can be elected fairly and then refuse to give up power; they may seize control of the country in a coup d'état; or they may be placed in power as the puppet of a stronger country that desires influence in the region. Alternatively, some countries such as the former Soviet Union are ruled by a single party which appoints a succession of dictators without regard for its people; this is known as a systemic dictatorship.

Since the nature of dictatorship is fundamentally at odds with the principals of democracy, dictators are usually condemned by the international community. Consequently, many adopt tactics to try and give their regime an air of legitimacy, such as holding sham or coerced elections, or declaring a state of emergency in the country with the implication that democracy will be restored in due course (almost always an empty promise).

Notable dictators in world history have included:

Some rulers take on the traits of a dictator but have failed to secure totalitarian rule. Examples include Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Quotes

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. [1]

See also

References

  1. http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/when-a-republican-murders-u-s-citizens by Ted Nugent Accessed March 28, 2014
  2. "Few things are as dangerous to American liberty as the proposition that the government should be able to kill citizens anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a court, either before or after the fact. Anyone willing to trust President Obama with the power to secretly declare an American citizen an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/us-targeted-killings-eric-holder_n_1320515.html Accessed March 28, 2014