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24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 2. Leaders / a. Autocracy

[government controlled by a single person]

6 ideas
Let there be one ruler [Homer]
The best rulers are invisible, the next admired, the next feared, and the worst are exploited [Lao Tzu]
The natural power of a father suggests rule by one person, but that authority can be spread [Montesquieu]
Monarchs have the highest power; autocrats have complete power [Kant]
Caesarism emerges when two forces in society are paralysed in conflict [Gramsci]
Opportunists can save a nation, and heroes can ruin it [Cioran]