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    To what extent should a dictatorship be questionable to its people? Ok if you have a "king" or a "supreme leader" should he take the views of his people into account? I will set the scene a bit more, the dictator wants the "country" to flourish as much as possible by getting it to grow its "trade" traffic, and for all the members of the kingdom to be happy. The "king" or a "supreme leader" however doesn't really run the country, as he is busy with studies. Instead he leaves it to his "police force" to apply what they think is best for the "kingdom". Most of the time they are great but a few times they get the "law" wrong.

    Does anyone have an views on this system....Vienna ?
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    (Original post by Incomplete)
    To what extent should a dictatorship be questionable to its people? Ok if you have a "king" or a "supreme leader" should he take the views of his people into account? I will set the scene a bit more, the dictator wants the "country" to flourish as much as possible by getting it to grow its "trade" traffic, and for all the members of the kingdom to be happy. The "king" or a "supreme leader" however doesn't really run the country, as he is busy with studies. Instead he leaves it to his "police force" to apply what they think is best for the "kingdom". Most of the time they are great but a few times they get the "law" wrong.

    Does anyone have an views on this system....Vienna ?
    If theres any requirement to listen to the populace its not really a dictatorship.
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    The trick to good government is making the public feel that they have a voice when in fact they do not.
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    (Original post by Chubb)
    The trick to good government is making the public feel that they have a voice when in fact they do not.
    I think thats more a case of smart government rather than good government! You notice how 'choice' has become one of the key words in the upcoming election :eek:?
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    Do you mean how far should a dictatorship be answerable to the people it rules?
    Generally, a dictatorship is answerable only to its supporters and suppresses everyone else. As long aS a dictatorship has enough and sufficiently powerful supporters it can pay no attention to "the people". Many dictaors decide who "the people" are, tell tghem what to say and pay attention to that. A dictatorship can even change its policy and its supporters, though this may not help it to retain power.
    When he was told that the millions of people Stalin murdered after show trials with faked evidence were not trying to overthrow him, Bertold Brecht said that if they really weren't trying to get rid of stalin they deserved their fates even more.
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    doh everyone's missed the link, nevermind
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    it seems the "police" in this state have no powers after all, if that continues then the whole country is going to fall apart
 
 
 
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