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Old November 4 2012, 11:36 AM   #45
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Re: Dexter and what he does.

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Bzzt, wrong. There's even a word for it: "Dictator."
And every dictator in reality relies upon the support of other powerful elites in his society to cling to power.

No man, not even a dictator, is a law unto himself.
So you're saying there has never been a single leader in all of time and space that had to power to point at someone, snap their fingers, and have them executed for whatever trumped up reason they feel like giving (if any at all)?
No. I'm saying that those dictators only ever had that power by gaining the support of other powerful elites, and could only continue snapping their fingers and having people killed if those other powerful elites didn't object to it too much. History is full of dictators who went too far, pissed off their patrons, and ended up out of power for having pissed off the other elites. Just ask Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi.

No man -- not even a dictator -- is a law unto himself. Everyone requires the assistance of others to wield power -- and the superiority of democratic governance over autocracy lies in its demand for the consent of the general populace rather than just the consent of elites.
Democratic socialism is the hope of human freedom.
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