How to be a dictator

by Shihang

A tutorial in dictatorship. I especially like these sentences; indeed, it makes more sense to look at how things work instead of throwing goodwill at hardcases: “It’s not possible to reform a system by imploring people to do the right thing. You have to know how it works. Dictators already know how to be dictators—they are very good at it. We want to point out how they do it so that it’s possible to think about reforms that can actually have meaningful consequences.”