Ever wonder what the differences, if any at all, were between a dictator and a democratically-elected leader? What with our ‘democratic’ – that’s right, quotes and I stand by it – political systems increasingly being called into question as legitimate institutions let alone capable of addressing our short or long-term needs, it is indeed an interesting to consider quietly over there in the corner of the room with a nice glass of wine and a rather larger cigar.
It turns out – and I kinda had my suspicions about this – according to a new book, The Dictator's Handbook, there is very little that differentiates the one from the other.
“All leaders want to keep power as long as they can, so they’re always looking out for what’s good for them not necessarily the society at large. They’re always looking to depend on as few people as possible to stay in power as possible so that they can take care of those few and not worry about the rest,” explained Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of the book in an interview on CBC program Day 6.
The only real difference it seems is that democrats just have a harder time than dictators fixing the game.
It’s a cynical view, but just because it’s cynical doesn’t mean it isn’t true.