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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The society created by the planters was relatively fluid, but its leaders - as adherents to the prevailing mindset of the English nation on both sides of the Atlantic - deemed themselves superior to people of other cultures, be they "savage," "papist," "despotical," or otherwise "deluded." People from other European backgrounds had to fit themselves into the social and political framework devised by Carolina's English founders.