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lemoncraft

I have great fondness for Father-Son acts: 'Papa Doc' Francois Duvalier followed by his little boy, Jean-Claude Duvalier' and, of course, the Jong-Ils. You get that wonderful, must-top-Daddy effect. Papa Doc has some pretty good bat-shit crazy qualifications, what with the use of Voodoo, Christianity and various kitchen implements in order to agrandize himself. Highlights include: claiming JFK's assasination was a result of a curse he placed on him, ordering the death of all black dogs on the island after hearing that a political opponent had transfigured into one such canine, the retrieval and transportation (in ice) of an executed rebel's head so he could commune with his spirit. Also gets points for not going communist, something of a vehicular political fad amongst dictators of the time.
My personal favourite, though, will always go with Gaius 'Caligula' Caesar. Elevating himself to godhood (actually lopping off the head's of various diety's statues heads and replacing them with his own, which is just staright ballsy), incest (including the pimping of his sisters to others), orgies, random killings for amusement and the attempt to elevate his horse, Incitatus, to the Senate. The guy just had that special, crazy something about him.

ozma

Wow, Lemoncraft you definitely know your dictators!

I do need to get to Papa and Baby. Also, Caligula. I was thinking Nero--but Caligula--how can I resist that special crazy something he had. He seemed to only rule for four years and I wasn't sure if all the stories were true.

Reading up on dictators makes me a bit sad there is not a major in dictatorology I could have studied. Why don't dictators comprise some field of study? It's not just what they say about humans--since they are obviously not your standard human--but what their success says. They'd never get where they were without the little people and most of us are maybe are potentially those little people.

Jenny

I read the novel "Two Journeys" by Clemens Suter (ISBN: 1439250138) - it describes a crazy fictional dictator by the name of Somerset. Somerset is an English loser living in Russia, who grabs his chance at ruling the world after a pandemic kills most of the world population. He has the right mix of megalomania, absurdity and farmer's intelligence for the job. Perhaps that's the best definition of a dictator: a has-been that quickly fills the void when things go awry.

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