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Synonyms for Caesarism

a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc

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But all, too, in an earlier age, were complicit in the incipient development of Caesarist modes of rule, which now can be seen for what they are.
40, they are prepared to seek the "approbation" of the people that would, if given, "blot out antecedent errors and irregularities." (54) Almost inevitably, such arguments take on a plebiscitary, even Caesarist, dimension, as leaders seek support and absolution from a public that is presumed, at the end of the day, to treat constitutional fidelity as secondary to the achievement of higher purposes and larger goals.
Baehr shows that Weber, worried over centrifugal pressures in German society after World War I, later came to endorse an undiluted "Caesarist" regime, without even a parliamentary check.
Joao III, fanatical and of evil repute, Filipe II, the devil of the south, inquisitor and executioner of the nations, Carlos IV, Joao V, Afonso VI--some debauched, others unruly, others again ignorant and base--are good examples of absolute royalty, infatuated to the point of vice and crime by pride in their own power, possessed by that Caesarist madness by which nature makes despots pay for their monstrous inequality, placing them as if outside humanity.
Just as Hobbes defends his preference for monarchy on grounds of the greater speed it allows for political decision-making, so Schmitt suggests in Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy that a Caesarist dictatorship can more efficiently give voice to the people's will than any parliament (Schmitt, 1983: 13-18).
Now confirmed as Israel's premier soldier, Sharon surrounded himself with PR flacks and flunkies to cultivate his Caesarist political ambitions.
(50) In the Latin American context it is not an overweening Prussian-style bureaucracy that threatens democracy but the other threat to modern mass democracies that Weber identified: the rise of Caesarist or plebiscitary leaders who bypass parliamentary institutions altogether.
This enlightening commentary on the philosophy of authority ends with the reminder that de Gaulle, in a tribute to a 'Caesarist intellect', ordered a national funeral for Valery.
I'm an imperialist, a Caesarist to be more precise....
In 1974, while his colleague Burnham continued to rail against "Caesarist mass democratism," National Review senior editor Jeffrey Hart noted with approval the Right's changing attitude toward the presidency.
Turning this assortment of corrupt feudal oligarchies and Caesarist strongmen into liberal democracies is a fantastical project.
It tried to encourage the electors to pick men like Washington whose past service to the republic suggested that they would not succumb to Caesarist ambitions.
It was implicitly agitative in relation to the Caesarist tendency which they imputed to de Gaulle and some of his entourage.