Despotism


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Despotism

1. A theory that the best form of government is rule by one person (or group) who knows best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially) and so despotism has been more or less discredited as a theory.

2. A despotic state or government.
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It should be noted here that the authors commendably demonstrate that British emphasis on protection and dissolving despotism in the empire did not mean the absence of imperial violence.
Turkey has unfortunately become a country where the despotic civilian tutelary despotism or arbitrary national trusteeship system is being increasingly consolidated to the witness of the world.
Stanziani provides readers with a look at Russian and Asian history from a global perspective which analyzes the impact of "economic backwardness," Asiatic despotism, and Orientalism on conceptions of modernization, economic growth, and democratization over the last three centuries.
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In an earlier privilege speech, Umali scored the Supreme Court for its "despotism," criticizing its flip-flopping on the PDAF issue and its inconsistent ruling in Reyes' case.
WITHOUT royalty (recent correspondence) we might be faced by the same sort of despotism which has been observed in foreign republics over many centuries.
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of Toronto) examines the early pedigree of Oriental despotism, a widely held belief even today in the west that Islamic civilization encourages undemocratic government.
In his book "The Nature of Despotism", Kawakibi writes that "a despotic government will naturally be despotic in its every branch, from the Supreme Despot to the policeman, to the clerk, to the street sweeper.
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