Despot


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Despot

A person or group that rules a country without recourse to democratic elements like free elections. Despots believe that they should rule because they know best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially), but despots continue to thrive in many areas.
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There is too much work to do to fix the Nigeria that the old despot Olusegun Obasanjo and his denizens in the PDP of his time destroyed
Clearly, cultural interaction exemplifies how fluid categories of government were: communes and despots, for all their supposed differences, were hardly clear cut and distinctive, again pointing to the importance of Jones's thesis.
First, with a despot in power, the state itself has no incentive to police the misbehavior of a leader.
Vargas Llosa creates a stunning portrait of the dictator, a despot whose gaze is so penetrating that it mortifies the bravest of soldiers, an autocrat so controlling that his men must obtain his consent before marrying and submit to shocking tests of loyalty.
The allusions to modern times, however, are tempting, not so much to Tito and his ability to rule for almost half a century, as to the confrontation between a despot (in the modern sense) and his opponents on the moral and spiritual side.
To which the judge retorted: "You may have a benevolent despot or monoploy.
Lagman said even though death is a great equalizer, there is a 'distinction in history' for people who died a tyrant and a despot.
He added: "It was a crass gesture from an increasingly isolated tin-pot despot, a morally deranged authoritarian.
SIR - How can those who supported Tony Blair's decision to take revenge for 9/11 on a deranged despot (who had nothing to do with 9/11), that resulted in the death of more than 100,000 people (whom he refused to even count), the displacement of over a million; that has transformed Iraq into one of the most dangerous places in the world, which they now refuse to disclose the results on an inquiry into; demand that the present leaders of Sri Lanka should be charged with war crimes, having transformed a country that had suffered decades of civil war, into one of the safest places on the Indian subcontinent?
LIBYAN despot Colonel Gaddafi was buried in a secret 10ft grave in the Sahara desert yesterday.
HISTORY does indeed repeat itself: Images of Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with Hitler, Winston Churchill smoking a cigar with Stalin and Maggie Thatcher cosying up to Pinochet, have been replaced by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown glad-handing withering Libyan despot Gaddafi.
The North Korean despot Kim Jong-il (pictured left) has, in one move, shifted the power balance and distorted the equilibrium of the occident-orient cultural and political divide - all by developing a crude nuclear device.