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[–] RUSNOOB1 4 pts (+4|-0) (edited )

Dictator doesnt mean tyrant. Actually in emergency ancient Rome (who established the position of Dictator) gave a single person, usually general, the total and unquestionable control over everything lasting for 6 months. After that he was returning back to his village and country was cleaned. Now focus pls: Roman Empire lasted for 1500 years. They knew their shit better than anyone. And you would be surprised, how little, if anything, changed in human nature or the nature of the state since then. For instance end of the cold war looks like end of the second macedonian war. Nobody can challenge the sole hegemony of the empire now. Lack of external grand enemy (Magna Grecia for them, USSR for USA) makes military obsolete and frustrated, 100 years later the progress basically disappear and decadence ruled the pleb and the elites alike. Sounds familiar? :) Then lets go: 700 years later Grecia is still defeated and in debt (todays Greece) while the empire rotten from within out, destroyed by hordes of barbarians. History is fascinating. And, how they said: "Historia magistra vitae est" - worth remembering (google for translation :) It's important, because since our dicks, legs and lungs works the same like at that time - so do our brains and social dynamics.

Actually in emergency ancient Rome (who established the position of Dictator) gave a single person, usually general, the total and unquestionable control over everything lasting for 6 months.

And when Caesar declared himself dictator, in perpetuity, he was legally (sort of) killed. Just mentioning this as a side note. People are not happy about long term dictatorships, and it's probably why Putin gets so much negative attention.

And when Caesar declared himself dictator, in perpetuity, he was legally (sort of) killed. Just mentioning this as a side note. People are not happy about long term dictatorships, and it's probably why Putin gets so much negative attention.

Bad example, Caesar was universally loved by the common people, it was the corrupt elite (the senate) who killed him because he was curtailing their power, and after his death all the senators that assassinated him all denied taking part and had to do a lot of public posthumous asskissing towards Caesar to avoid being butchered in the streets by angry mobs.

People LOVE dictatorships when their needs are met, they only turn against them if A. they start starving B. they are mislead and agitated by a foreign hostile force who wants to destabilize their country.

Makes me wonder how the common Russian person feels about Putin. The media shits on him over here, but that's a great example of your point about the elite wanting to take him down (comparable to killing Caesar).

I understand Caesar was a man of the people. He even left money to the citizens in his will. He changed laws to give land to the poor. He actually changed a ton of laws, in a relatively short period of time. This won the people's love. I wonder what Putin has done for his people, if anything, that is comparable. I hear stories about him giving money and gifts to poor people, out of the blue. I could imagine he cares about his citizens, but don't really know the truth about it all.

[–] RUSNOOB1 0 pt (+0|-0) (edited )

He was indeed, just like Octavian (Avgustus) but what came after: madman Tiberius followed by fuckin sadist Kaligula really shows that perpetual dictatorship is 2-sided sword. And when common folk thought thinks cant get any worse, after Kaligula Pretorians basically forces Claudius, which at that time look like a joke. Suprisingly he was one of the best emperors that happened in Rome to date. And my personal favorite. Although not really Emperor, as this title is gained as a result of successful battles, which he had none.