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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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In the first, as is well known, soul commands body despotically ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]).
So that the one class cannot obey, and can only rule despotically; the other knows not how to command and must be ruled like slaves.
Johnson discarded those procedures and ruled autocratically and despotically. Members of the group ceased to participate and at least part of the goal of the organization, cooperation and participation among members, was lost.
On the other hand (the western), the real is what counts and what counts is what people value (what they count), what people do not value is useless unless we impose it despotically from above, a hope that is not awaited is not hope.
The problem of infinite regress of higher-orders of governing procedural norms is still cut off in these cases by some historical analog to a process of reflective equilibrium in the case of organic institutions, and by the sovereign will to minimize strife among subjects in the case of despotically imposed institutions.
A modern society of individuals governed despotically can, he argues, exhibit many achievements and distinctions, including considerable power.
This penetration starts violently or "despotically" but progresses slowly and patiently, and in the end has a salubrious effect: "toute cette vitalite inconnue sera ajoutee a sa vitalitee propre." Although, as the one penetrated he takes on the female "position," the infusion from the foreign other revivifies and remasculates "l'homme du monde." The position of "l'homme du monde" is ostensibly that of the critic, or the beholder.
Even the scientific genius Sir Isaac Newton was driven by a desire to dominate, governing despotically all the associations over which he presided, including Trinity College, the Mint, and the Royal Society.
He is a caudillo, ruling despotically over a controlled population.
In a country where fathers rule their families despotically, where women are treated as property, and where children can be beaten on a whim, enlightened government is unlikely.
`Parceling out glory' and `judging writings', these men acted as `proud inquisitors', despotically wielding their unjust power over the world of letters.(16)
Since comedy is the genre which makes peace with desire in the context of social exchange and inescapable contingency, the despotically paranoid Harpagon, for whom famine is a means of controlling the capacity of others to rebel, is as diabolical an enemy as the comic ethos could have.