Autocracy

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Autocracy

A government system in which one person has complete and total power. While autocracy does not exist in practice, dictatorships often concentrate power in only a few persons.
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Political absolutism and disregard for the rule of law--natural companions of militarism--were clearly exercised in governments of this period.
A technocratic system which operates through scientific planning, economic control and psychological conditioning is no longer a political absolutism of the traditional kind: it is a unitary mass organism in which the individual personality is absorbed and obliterated or transformed.
9] Initially isolated by politics from her homeland and by gender from full participation in the international inte llectual community, Margaret Cavendish likewise uses the language of political absolutism to define a new kind of poetic practice.