Roaring crowds, festive rallies

Our stereotyped image of dictatorship is one-man rule. A single man (usually recognized by his funny mustache) somehow imposes his will on an entire population, who endure his autocracy in fearful silence. In truth, successful dictators are usually very popular. Their regimes are distinguished not by silence but by roaring crowds and festive rallies… Tyranny requires more than suppression. It has to make as many people as possible dependent on the regime for jobs and other benefits. -Joseph Sobran

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