Quotes – Dictators

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.
We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.
We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
– George Orwell in his book 1984

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”
– Josef Stalin

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.”
– Adolf Hitler

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
– Mao Zedong

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”
– Benito Mussolini

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
– Adolf Hitler

“In Africa … the absence of properly functioning states leaves individuals at the mercy of thugs and thieves, whether in the form of the brutality of armed militias or the corruption of government officials… The persistence of poverty in Africa is thwarting attempts to achieve the levels of health and education, the cultures of freedom and autonomy, the institutions of law and democratic governance, and the conditions for sustainable economic growth which are needed to finally remove the continent’s pathological elites from power… Africa will need assistance to escape the tyranny of its pathological elites. A necessary first step is for rich nations to cease assisting Africa’s psychopaths, by refraining from hiding their fortunes in Western banks and from selling arms to tyrants to terrorise their own populations.”
– Ian Hughes

“In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.”
– Idi Amin

“I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.”
– Pol Pot

“In the Middle East, Washington has, since the 1950s, followed the British imperial preference for Arab aristocrats by cultivating allies that included a shah (Iran), sultans (Abu Dhabi, Oman), emirs (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai), and kings (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco). Across this vast, volatile region from Morocco to Iran, Washington courted these royalist regimes with military alliances, U.S. weapons systems, CIA support for local security, a safe American haven for their capital, and special favors for their elites, including access to educational institutions in the U.S. or Department of Defense overseas schools for their children.”
– Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly

“I don’t want educated people. I want oxen.”
– Anastasio Somoza Sr, dictator of Nicaragua, 1936

“UN documents and testimony now in evidence at the UN Rwanda Tribunal, show that [Rwandan President Paul] Kagame, himself, touched off the “Rwanda genocide” by assassinating the former Rwandan President and launching an assault to seize power within minutes after shooting down President Habyarimana’s plane [in] 1994. … Because Kagame’s Rwanda crimes were covered-up by the U.S. in 1994, and because he was not prosecuted at the ICTR [International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda] for the assassination of the previous president in 1994, he has been free to rape the Congo of its riches and to massacre millions.”
– Peter Erlinder

“The mastermind of the genocide of the Rwandan interior Tutsis is [Paul] Kagame himself.”
– Guillaume Murere

“Major General Paul Kagame had personally ordered the shooting down of [Rwandan] President Habyarimana’s plane with a view to taking control of the country. He was fully aware that the assassination of Habyarimana would unleash “a genocide” against Tutsi civilians… Kagame was an instrument of Washington. The loss of African lives did not matter. The civil war in Rwanda and the ethnic massacres were an integral part of US foreign policy, carefully staged in accordance with precise strategic and economic objectives.”
– Michel Chossudovsky

“Psychopaths, pathological narcissists, and people with severe paranoid personality are psychologically incapable of conceiving of the fundamental essentials of democratic citizenship and will therefore be at the vanguard of those opposed to the success of democratisation.”
– Ian Hughes

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