despotism


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DESPOTISM, government. That abuse of government, where the sovereign power is not divided, but united in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tit. prel. n. 32; Rutherf Inst. b. 1, c. 20, Sec. 1. Vide Tyranny; Tyrant.

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In the space of only a few decades, the Roman Republic had descended swiftly from irresponsible demagoguery to full-blown despotism, and from militarism overseas to civil war at home.
But it must be borne in mind that, when Western Civilization was in its infancy, any degree of popular government was probably a distinct improvement over the suffocating despotism that held the rest of the human race in thrall.
While the Orientalist trope of despotism reduces the Easterner to a slavish figure unconcerned with his freedom or rights, the Occidentalist trope of conspiracy reduces the Westerner to a witless puppet manipulated by unseen hands (while simultaneously absolving the Occidentalist of any responsibility in his own political failures).
I must note with regret that this Erdoy-an-led movement -- whose reforms to promote democracy, rights and freedoms, accountability and transparency we have supported and whose deviant moves we have shunned since 2002 -- has been gradually heading towards a terrible despotism since 2011.
In that vision, the human creation of liberty is the source of the most extraordinary advances in the fields of science, human rights, technical progress, and the fight against despotism and exploitation.
Announcing "Turkey is on the edge of a new step of despotism today.
Eventually, the honest left must admit that real conservatives are right about the dangers of omnipotent government and judicial despotism.
Landes's answer, like Smith's, is an optimistic - and Europe-admiring - story of Greek city-states and Germanic law leading to free institutions, contrasted with oriental despotism and God-kings.
Likewise, Washington must avoid going out of its way to alienate Russia while it is trying to shake off its centuries-old heritage of despotism.
Lawyers cut their political teeth during these crises, and their memoires wove the larger themes of debate--attacks on despotism, social inquity, and the social and political role of women--into their cases with increasing openness.
This despotism is explicitly attacking freedom of the press in Turkey," Akabay said, criticizing the government.
During the meeting, Rafsanjani said that foreign interference, despotism, colonialism and extremism are the root-cause of bloody incidents in the Middle-East region.