The Giver Research Project
By Anthony Peardon
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP?
WHAT IS A DICTATORSHIP?
A dictatorship is a type of government where one person or a small group of people have absolute power.
Dictatorship became one of the two main forms of government after the end of monarchies in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The other main form of government at that time was constitutional democracy.
Dictators usually use force or fraud to gain political power. They usually keep political power by intimidation, terror, and suppression of basic civil liberties. They sometimes use mass propaganda to get support from the public.
Some of the most famous dictators were Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Saddam Hussein.
Most dictatorships collapsed by the end of the 20th century.
Suddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq from 1979 until 2003. He killed people who did not agree with him and he attacked countries for oil.
ADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP
A dictatorship establishes a strong government.
There is no opposition or criticism.
All of the focus can be given to the arms of the state.
It does not believe in discussion or debate, so actions by the leader can be taken quickly.
The leader can adopt policies that they think will be the most beneficial.
DISADVANTAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP
Individual people are not as important as the government.
Individual people have no rights.
Dictatorship is based on force and violence.
Opposition and disagreement are not allowed.
It encourages war, aggression, and hatred.
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