Kevin D. Williamson: The Eternal DictatorPosted: June 28, 2014
The ruthless exercise of power by strongmen and generalissimos is the natural state of human affairs.
That democratic self-governance is a historical anomaly is easy to forget for those of us in the Anglosphere — we haven’t really endured a dictator since Oliver Cromwell. The United States came close, first under Woodrow Wilson and then during the very long presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. Both men were surrounded by advisers who admired various aspects of authoritarian models then fashionable in Europe. Rexford Tugwell, a key figure in Roosevelt’s so-called brain trust, was particularly keen on the Italian fascist model, which he described as “the cleanest, most efficiently operating piece of social machinery I’ve ever seen.” And the means by which that social hygiene was maintained? “It makes me envious,” he said. That envy will always be with us, which is one of the reasons why progressives work so diligently to undermine the separation of powers, aggrandize the machinery of the state, and stifle criticism of the state. We’ll always have our Hendrik Hertzbergs…(read more)
— Kevin D. Williamson is roving correspondent for National Review.
- The Supreme Court and FDR’s Power Grab (americanthinker.com)
- The Lives of Dictators’ Wives (psmag.com)
- For Spanish Democracy: Now Is the Time to Demand Reinstatement of the Republic (dissidentvoice.org)
- Rex the Red (boiseplanning.wordpress.com)
- Video: King of Spain abdicates after nearly 40 years (hotair.com)