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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It is the consequences of his actions and inactions, which have collectively haunted every administration since his Third Term Agenda was defeated in parliament, and with tail between his legs, the disgraced despot made a hurried departure from power in 2007.
The Egyptian people's demands for democracy, rule of law, freedoms and welfare were seen as trivialities as long as these dictators continued to serve as useful despots for certain forces.
The volume is subdivided according to the following headings: 'Power and Restraint', 'Political Thought: Theory and Practice', 'Communes and Despots: Some Case Studies', 'The Case of the Medici', and 'Culture, Art, Patronage'.
While the third chapter is devoted to explaining the concept of the 'just despot' from the perspective of Syrian politician Abel Rahman El Shahbandar (1879-1940), the fourth chapter practically highlights the model of the just despot as experienced during the rule of late Egyptian/Pan-Arab leader Gamal Abdel Nasser.
By contrast, the imposition of liability on the populace for the ill deeds of a despot is often utterly useless in terms of providing prevention incentives; the very definition of the despot is one who has taken away power from the populace.
Draw For Sunday's final: 1 Loyal Lindsey 2 Emporio Lord, 3 Verdun Katie (m), 4 Cill Dubh Miller (m), 5 Ashwood Shawnee (m), 6 Despot Dave ( w).
History demonstrates that every "friendly" Middle Eastern despot has been strengthened by U.S.
Especially passages in which he speaks about a despot (Saddam Hussein) holding 10,000+ political prisoners, and that being a crime, while the Americans in the same country keep 10,000+ prisoners, but that is fighting terrorism.
Years later, the French despot's stance was vindicated.
and its allies thought he had prior to the American invasion that toppled the despot from his absolute control of Iraq.
Accompanied by her faithful friend Malingo, Candy is pursued by the diabolical Christopher Carrion, a supernatural despot bent on the full conquest of Abarat.
As Protestant warrior queen and militant protectress of international Calvinism, she dominates the oppositional discourses of the period, a glorious foil setting off the alleged failings of her successors; but Stuart texts also represent her as benevolent and majestic absolutist facing down an insubordinate Commons; as master-architect of a via media between prerogative and Parliamentary rule; as female figurehead deferring to the masculine wisdom of her advisors; as Machiavellian despot; as the "embodiment of Whiggery" (109).