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What a dictator is, and how they come to power
Often, a dictatorship can be understood by many things. First of all, the existence of one person who rules over everyone else is an essential trait of a dictatorship. This person may or may not have been voted in democratically; either way, he has unrestrained power over the people under him. There are no limitations on what actions this individual can commit, which means that he may have committed crimes that you cannot punish him for.
Why do dictators often rise to power?
Often times it happens when the country is going through a period of instability and insecurity – during war time or a difficult economic crisis where food shortages occur. Dictators will take advantage of the situation and seize complete control, using the military in order to intimidate the public. They also use propaganda to make people reliant on them, in order to validate their rule.
Other times, dictators come into power when the country is still struggling with independence (for example, when a colony gains self-governance but it’s not quite ready yet). If a dictator comes into power during this time and rules through fear, then that can create an environment where terrorism flourishes – groups of people who oppose him or his government may resort to violence because they have few other tactics for bringing about change.
How do you depose a dictator from power?
Well, if your country is going through a tough economic time and the dictator has seized control of the food supply, then you can stage a massive protest by having everyone stop buying food. This will force the dictator to come out and address the people’s concerns – which he cannot do without relinquishing his power. If this doesn’t work, then it may be useful to get in touch with opposition groups that oppose him politically (for example, democratic bodies) and let them know about the situation; these groups can help provide supplies or otherwise assist in bringing down the dictator.
However, sometimes forming alliances is not enough: for example, if there are no democratic bodies in place and someone comes into power who rules through fear and intimidation (i.e. a dictator), then the only way that he can be brought down is through violence. However, such violent outbreaks require careful planning and strategy – if you don’t do it correctly, your movements may become too big and you’ll be taken down by the authorities.
How do you prevent a dictator from rising again?
In order for this to happen, you need to ensure that the country’s government is able to effectively fill in the gaps left by a dictator. This means having a democratic body in place so that if a strong opposition group rises again, they have less of a chance of being taken out.
The role of education can also be quite useful: if children are taught about right and wrong from an early age and why it’s important not to oppress others simply because you were voted into power, then there will be fewer people who would go on to become dictators as adults.
Make sure that your country has clear measures in place for removing those from positions of power should they attempt to wield authority through fear or intimidation (for example, legislation against such behaviour).
Having close ties with other nations can be very useful in this situation, which will prevent dictators from having the support they need to get into power. For example, if your country is influential and there are people who would help oppose a dictator’s rule, then no one person will have enough influence on their own to seize control of the state.
All in all, it is important to ensure that you do not let anyone gain too much power over your life – dictators come into power because of this passivity within the public. This means that if you want things to change for the betterment of society, then you should play an active role in ensuring that happens!