Main Features of Dictatorship?
What generally seem to be the main features of a dicatorship?
What generally seem to be the main features of a dictatorship? Can any of the actions of the dictators be justified?
- Tim DLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Dictatorships are characterized by the political dominance of a single man or party, the means to maintain power by force, such as military support, secret police etc, and nationalism. Dictatorships are NOT necessarily anti-religious or racist. (Franco, for example, was pro-catholic.)
Can any of the actions of dictators be justified? Yes, absolutely. The Romans realized only a dictator could be effective at times, notably emergencies, which is why they appointed dictators.
In modern times there has been ample evidence for the efficacy of dictatorship. The USSR under Stalin was a good example. Stalin was very ruthless, purging all suspected opponents, rapidly industrializing the USSR, and building up its military. Basically all these actions were justified, because they enabled the USSR to survive nazi invasion (which if successsful would've led to the virtual annihilation of the slavic peoples of the country). Had Stalin allowed national and political opposition to flourish, the USSR would've been torn usunder by internal power struggles and secessionist movements. Lacking unity, the fractured country would've been easy meat for the nazis, who would've destroyed ALL of its peoples. Essentially, dictatorship is what saved the Russians, Ukrainians and others from disappearing completely.
China is another example. That nation has a 1 child policy--a virtual impossibility in a noncoercive system or democracy. Without such a policy--which only an authoritarian system can impose--the country would become a hopelessly overcrowded dump.
- SteveLv 51 decade ago
A dictatorship is distinct from a monarchy.
In dictatorships you tend to see some sort of extremist though, strong efforts for cohesion, a loss of individual identify, a clearly definable gorup being blamed, and of course, dictatorships tend to have internal power struggles as they grow. So you'll find an entire branch of a dictatorship killed off very so many years.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual, the dictator. It has three possible meanings:
A Roman dictator was a political office of the Roman Republic. Roman dictators were allocated absolute power during times of emergency. Their power was originally neither arbitrary nor unaccountable, being subject to law and requiring retrospective justification. There were no such dictatorships after the beginning of the 2nd century BC, and later dictators such as Sulla and the Roman Emperors exercised power much more personally and arbitrarily.
A government controlled by one person or a small group of people.
In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.
Among the most extreme examples of a dictatorship in recent history was Germany from 1933 to 1945. During this period, Germany was under the dictatorial rule of Adolf Hitler.
In the twentieth century, hereditary dictatorship has become a common phenomenon.
For some scholars, dictatorship is a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed, while totalitarianism describes a state that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior of the people. In other words, dictatorship concerns the source of the governing power (where the power comes from) and totalitarianism concerns the scope of the governing power (what is the government). In this sense, dictatorship (government without people's consent) is a contrast to democracy (government whose power comes from people) and totalitarianism (government controls every aspect of people's life) opposes pluralism (government allows multiple lifestyles and opinions). Though the definitions of the terms differ, they are related in reality as most of the dictatorship states tend to show totalitarian characteristics. When governments' power does not come from the people, their power is not limited and tend to expand their scope of power to control every aspect of people's life.
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- Gino's momLv 71 decade ago
Power held by one self-appointed Dictator or a Junta of high Military.
Suppression of all opposition by extreme measures. Limited freedom of movement. Intellectual and sometimes Religious oppression. Total control of all Governmental institutions. Favoritism in the highest degree. No elections,power held on presumptive life long basis.
Intellectual suppression of course includes all Art forms. From Literature to Movies.Source(s): Historian
- ♥stargazer18♥Lv 41 decade ago
-rule by decree
-murder adversaries to gain full power.
-use secret police to control citizens and get rid of those who are seen as threats.
-hate monarchy and democracy.
-limit individual rights
-abuse of the constitution.
Check out Germany, Italy and Russia, which were once under the control of a dictator.
Dictators- Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin and etc.