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p. 11. Why Despots Don't Belong in Politicslocked

  • Kenneth Minogue


‘Why Despots Don't Belong in Politics’ considers the conception of politics and where the foundations of those conceptions lie. It shows that politics is so central to our civilization that its meaning changes with every change of culture and circumstance. Beginning with despotism, the despotic system of government — seen at some point in most non-European civilizations and concealed by a form of ideology in Europe, as in the cases of Hitler and Stalin — is described. The essence of despotism is that there is no appeal, either in practice or in law, against the unchecked power of the master. The changing relationship between public and private lives is also examined.

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