They were too powerful, too compelling, too charismatic, too funny to provide, even in retrospect, a cautionary lesson to the Latin American masses on the dangers of personal despotism.
To be sure, Truillo creates a system of despotism, a wide net of political, military, financial, and cultural influence that severely constrains resistance to his will.
These were all possibilities elsewhere - China or Japan or India or the Middle East - but the other places, he says, with their despotisms
trying to keep society fixed the better to control and tax it, entirely muffed it.
Warmongering liberals have effectively been as great a bane to human liberty at home and abroad as any foreign dictator, and a considerable number of modern despotisms
have emerged from the wreckage of misguided liberal zeal.
Only then can the peoples of Syria and northern Iraq have hope for something other than the despotisms
of an Assad and Hussein, or the despotism
of a medieval-minded caliphate.
king, emperor), despotisms
(enslaved governments headed by dictators), and republics (free governments headed by elected leaders).