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5,387. Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. (Civil Liberties & Liberty & Totalitarianism & Dictatorship & Despotism) Thomas Jefferson
5,406. In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection of his own. (Civil Liberty & Liberty & Priest & Despotism) Thomas Jefferson
73,409. Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism. (Force & Despotism) Thomas Jefferson
5,405. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. (Civil Liberties & Liberty & Despotism) Abraham Lincoln
5,430. Despots themselves do not deny that freedom is excellent; only they desire it for themselves alone, and they maintain that everyone else is altogether unworthy of it. (Freedom & Despotism) Alexis de Tocqueville, L’Ancient Regime
5,461. So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannise will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious or otherwise, to put shackles on sleeping men. (Freedom & Tyrant & Despotism & Gods & Religion) Voltaire
45,304. The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junta, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. (Politics & Despotism) John Adams, The Political Writings of John Adams xxi
69,866. Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states. Demosthenes
69,867. Despotism accomplishes great things illegally; liberty doesn’t even go to the trouble of accomplishing small things legally. (Despotism & Liberty) Honore de Balzac 1799-1850
69,868. In friendship false, implacable in hate:
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state. John Dryden 1631-1700, Absalom and Achitophel
69,869. The more contracted that power is, the more easily it is destroyed. A country governed by a despot is an inverted cone. Samuel Johnson
69,870. Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards. (Democracy & Despotism) Aeschines
69,871. Democracy passes into despotism. (Despotism & Democracy) Plato
69,872. The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly all things move on the surface. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
69,873. The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. (Despotism & Resistance) Thomas Paine
69,875. Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may. Daniel Webster
69,876. Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man. (Despotism & Power & Desire) Joseph de Maistre
69,877. Despotism is a long crime. Victor Hugo
5,396. Small tyrants, threatened by big, sincerely believe they love liberty. (Civil Liberties & Liberty & Tyrant & Despotism) W H Auden
69,879. The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty. George Washington
69,880. If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know, it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep. (Despotism & Democracy) G K Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
69,881. Man does not necessarily begin with despotism because he is barbarous, but very often finds his way to despotism because he is civilised. He finds it because he is experienced; or, what is often much the same thing, because he is exhausted. ibid.
69,882. There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People. Oscar Wilde
69,883. Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things. Oscar Wilde
69,874. The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement. (Despotism & Custom) John Stuart Mill
69,878. Even despotism does not produce its worst effects, so long as individuality exists under it; and whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called, and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
96,993. Always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – for ever. (Power & Fascism & Future & Dictatorship & Despotism & Vision & Totalitarianism & Face) George Orwell, 1984
130,102. Francisco Franco, absolute ruler over Spain, was one of the most enigmatic dictators in European history. Even today the country still bears the scars of his reign. He seized power in a bloody civil war and ruled the country with an iron hand for forty years. A despot not even his trusted followers could really see through. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) The Truth About Franco: Spain’s Forgotten Dictator I: The Rise to Power, PBS 2019
130,103. His dominant wife – she would survive the despot. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,104. A shy boy, Francisco was just an average pupil. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,105. In Catalonia and the Basque country in particular calls for independence grew louder. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography & Catalonia) ibid.
130,106. 1932: The army launched an attempted coup but it failed. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,107. ‘He started making preparations for a future civil war.’ (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid. ibid. Paul Preston, historian and biographer
130,108. The rebels made Franco their generalissimo. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,109. Throughout the country Franco’s nationalist rebels were openly supported by the old upper class. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,110. The rebels destroyed everything in their path. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,111. Guernica: The bridge remained intact; 80% of the buildings had been destroyed. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,112. It was not until July 1938 that the decisive battle took place … A river in south-west Catalonia … one of the most brutal of the entire war. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography & Catalonia) ibid.
130,113. His reign of terror was only just beginning. (Spain & Spanish Civil War & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,114. ‘He says the most mindbogglingly stupid things you can imagine; and yet at the same time he’s quite cunning.’ (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) The Truth About Franco: Spain’s Forgotten Dictator II: The New Regime, Paul Preston
130,115. April 1939: Three years of bloody civil war have claimed half a million lives and turned Spain into a different country. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,116. Spain split into winners and losers … ‘We’re talking about total famine.’ (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid. historian
130,117. In return for that assistance, Franco was now supplying Germany with raw materials and food. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,119. According to a secret protocol Franco only offered a vague prospect of Spain entering the War. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,120. The Spanish troops left for Russia. The Blue Division took part on the attack on Leningrad. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,121. In Spain the foundations of a new state Franco style were becoming clear: no constitution, just laws. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,122. It reinforced the rights of entrepreneurs. Wages were dictated by the state. And striking was seen as a serious offence. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,123. Many people exchanged their last possession for food just to survive. Traders became rich. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography) ibid.
130,124. Retroactively, Franco had everyone punished who had as he put it had disturbed the social peace. (Spain & Dictator & Fascism & Despotism & Biography & Punishment) ibid.