Saturday, February 21, 2009

If You're a Dictator Please Stand Up!

  • "Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America it is the businessmen." (America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business (AYN RAND essay in Capitalism The Unknown Ideal published 1966).
  • "It makes no difference whether government controls allegedly favor the interests of labor or business, of the poor or the rich, of the special class or a special race: the results are the same. The notion that a dictatorship can benefit any one social group at the expense of others is a worn remnant of the Marxist mythology of class warfare, refuted by half a century of factual evidence. All men are victims and losers under a dictatorship; nobody wins - except the ruling clique." (AYN RAND "The Fascist New Frontier").


  1. Kim Jong Il, North Korea, since 1994

  2. Than Shwe, Burma, since 1992

  3. Hu Jintao, China, since 2002

  4. Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe, since 1980

  5. Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia, since 1995

  6. Theodoro Obiang Nguema, Equatorial Guinea, since 1979

  7. Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan, since 1989

  8. Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan 1990-2007

  9. Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedove, Turkmenistan, since 2007

  10. Fidel Castro, followed by Raul Castro, Cuba since 1959

  11. King Mswate III, Swaziland, since 1986

  12. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, since 2009

  13. Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Iran, since 1989

  14. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan, since 1999

  15. Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan, since 1989

  16. Isayas Afewerki, Eritrea, since 1991

  17. Muammar al Qaddafi, Libya, since 1969

  18. Bashar al-Assad, Syria, since 2000

  19. Meles zenawi, Ethiopia, since 1995

  20. Aleksandr Lukashenka, Belarus, since 1994

  21. Choummaly Sayasone, Laos, since 1981

  22. Idris Deby, Chad, since 1990

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