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"As the Founding Fathers debated our Constitution, they took instruction from the history they knew. Concerned that the democratic republic they envisioned would collapse, they contemplated the descent of ancient democracies and republics into oligarchy and empire. As they knew, Aristotle warned that inequality brought instability, while Plato believed that demagogues exploited free speech to install themselves as tyrants [(dictators)]. In founding a democratic republic upon law and establishing a system of checks and balances, the Founding Fathers sought to avoid the evil that they, like the ancient philosophers, called tyranny. They had in mind the usurpation of power by a single individual or group, or the circumvention of law by rulers for their own benefit." —Timothy Snyder[1]

Best-edited articles in the "Dictators" category


  1. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (2017) Tim Duggan Books. ISBN 0804190119.