History has shown clearly how absurdly easy it is for unscrupulous people to seize power, as ordinary people stand around doing nothing. It's especially easy to create a dictatorship when a major political Party believes it is in their interest to support the Great Leader. We should remember that no one intended Hitler or Lenin to become Supreme Leaders: the politicians thought they could "use" these men but of course it was entirely the other way around. And, as always, a great mass of simple-minded people thought they were being "patriotic" by supporting a headlong rush into dictatorship.

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Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.