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Tue 5 Feb 13 #1 
kevg
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The nation is in trouble, Communists are running rampant, organising labour disruption and stoppages. The currency is worthless and the old leaders have no way of stopping the slide to anarchy. A "strong man" puts himself forward and in a few years the country is transformed. Workers actually have work !! The economy starts to thrive and most important he gives the people hope for the future as well as a returning pride in their state !!

Would you vote for him ??


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #2 
Honey Badger
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Tue 5 Feb 13 #3 
JMK
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Sounds a remarkably familiar scenario. We should learn the lessons of history lest we repeat them.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #4 
Ajax
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Yes, of course. Only before he starts up with all the other malarky.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #5 
USS Palladin
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Long history of democracies doing just that way back to the Roman Republic.
Sometimes it ends up ok, for instance with Sulla and sometimes it ends up badly, poor Caesar.....

Of course I might consider voting for that person the question would be are they willing to leave via the same way they go there, via a fair and honest vote. Most of them end up rigging the constitution of their country to such an extent that you can't vote them out i.e. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela or Castro in Cuba, etc, etc, etc.

Sulla did a good job as dictator, I think Pericles in Athens also had extraordinary powers for a time. I don't think things ended badly for any of them but in the long run it probably isn't a good thing unless you and the dictator understand what limits are in place beforehand.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #6 
Ajax
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Don't forget Lee Kwan Yew. My favourite but I can't spell his name. :D


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #7 
kevg
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As a dictator myself I can assure you that no dictator worth his salt accepts limits.


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #8 
Doctor Factenstein
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Your first post is a veiled reference to Thatcher, right Kev?


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #9 
kevg
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hahahaha nope although similar


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Tue 5 Feb 13 #10 
USS Palladin
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I think kev is hinting at Hitler.


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Wed 6 Feb 13 #11 
kevg
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everybody likes a good parade


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