Wednesday, December 08, 2004


In Nazi Germany, in order for a law to be passed, Hitler and the Reichstag had to discuss the law and put it in a bill. This was when Germany was a democracy though. In a democracy, laws are discussed in order to be passed. In a dictatorship, the dictator has the power to make up laws. The dictator can even pass laws stating that people have to agree with the dictator's decisions! Idi Amin threw many people in jail and also killed a ton of people. He is one example of a dictator who made life for his people very unfair.

Idi Amin was a very evil dictator who threw many people in jail.
Laws can be carried out in many ways. A dictator has the power to set up police forces and court systems. Also, the military can look after the people and keep them in line. Not much attention is paid to people under a dictatorship in some places, so some people are able to get away with crime much easier. Some dictators control the military and can tell them to put people in jail and kill them for breaking a law. There are often no trials in a dictatorship and no bail when imprisoned.

People could be thrown in jail and killed for acting out against a dictator or the government.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The Pros and Cons of a Dictatorship

In many Americans' eyes, a Dictatorship is a very cruel form of government. They might feel as though it is unfair that only one person can call the shots. This surely is true, but it can also be a good thing. If a dictator knows what is best for his or her country, he or she would make the right decisions to make the country happy. If the person is a bad dictator, he or she could abuse power and do mean things to their people. An example of this is Saddam Hussein, who stole all the money from the people in his country so he could live a life of luxury.
Also, if the dictator is a good leader, he or she could be dictator until they die. This would be bad for bad dictators though. Many people hate Fidel Castro, though he has been Cuba's dictator for 44 years. If we were under a dictatorship and we thought that president Bush was a great president, we would want him to president for the rest of his life. If we thought Bush was a bad president though, we would be unhappy about this rule.
Laws would be passed much easier and won't have to go through a whole congress. This could be bad though because the dictator could easily make unfair laws. If we were under a dictatorship, president Bush would be able to pass a new law right now without having to argue with anyone. If the law is helpful then Americans would be happy. Bush can also abuse the power and make laws stating that you can't publically demonstrate hatred for president Bush. It is usually better to have a democracy though because if more people decide on a plan, it will probably be a greater help.
Also, depending on the country size, a dictatorship could be a good thing. If the country is small, the country might only need one person in the government. If the country was larger though, not much attention would be paid to individuals. There wouldn't be any representatives in the government, nor would there be senators or governors.
Laws in a democracy such as the US are checked over by many people to see if they are fit laws. In a dictatorship, they can just be made up and be used.
-If the dictator knows what is best for the country, then he or she will make the right decisions.
-Laws that will help the country will get passed faster.
-Good dictators will be able to serve for a very long time.

-The dictator can abuse his or her priveleges and do unfair things.
-There is the risk of unfair laws being made.
-Unfair punishment can be instituted such as death over public hatred for the dictator.

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Monday, December 06, 2004

Organization of Government

In the 20th and 21st century, the term dictatorship has often stated that one person and sometimes his or her supporters has total control over everyone. Dictatorship can also mean that all the power is in one political party or in the military. In countries with dictatorships, the dictators usually decide everything unless they have people to help them. Dictators are the leaders of a dictatorship, and are usually the only people in the government.
Many dictators make the chain of command so that if they die, someone from their family will become ruler. This was the case with Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. This makes the government a fair bit like a monarchy, which is where the ruler of the land's role is inherited.
If Fidel Castro dies, his brother Raul (pictured) becomes dictator.
Also, the dictator can decide on whether he or she wants to hold elections. Hitler was elected by popular vote. After a dictator is elected though, he or she can ban all other political parties and future elections.
Many dictators that have control have unfair powers. These powers can make them happy, but make the rest of their people miserable. It is normal for a dictator to do this because he or she can't be stopped by anyone.
-Although a dictator is usually in charge of the nation, militaries or a single political party can also be heads of dictatorships.
-Many dictators have made the chain of command so that if they die, a family member would fill in for them.
-Dictators can be elected by vote, but a dictator can ban elections when he or she gains power.
-Dictators often have powers that allow them to do whatever they want.

Countries with Dictatorship

All over the world there are many countries that are run by a dictatorship government. Countries on the west side of the world are mostly run by governments other than dictatorships, but many dictatorships still exist in Africa and Asia.
Cuba is one country that is run by a dictatorship. The dictator's name is Fidel Castro, and has ruled Cuba for 44 consecutive years! Many people feel like he is running an unfair government and is responsible for an amazingly large amount of judicial executions. Many cubans feel as though Castro is an unfair leader, which is why many of them escape Cuba to go to America. Castro does not get along well with the Americans, and does not let industrial trade go on legally between the two countries. Castro is in decent health though he recently fell off a stage and fractured his arm and knee. Castro claims that if he dies then his brother Raul will become dictator of Cuba. The US has tried to make Cuba a nation under a democracy, but has so far been unsuccesful.
Another country that is run by a dictator is Iraq. Saddam Hussein, who is known as one of the most evil dictators, used to have complete control over Iraq. Saddam let his people starve while he lived in royalty. He had many castles that he lived in and had many statues of him. Rumors stated that Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction, but no weapons were actually found. Hussein was elected in the late 1950s and served up until he was captured by US soldiers. Americans are now trying to rebuild Iraq under a democracy government.

Saddam Hussein looked like this when he was captured by American soldiers.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

What is a Dictatorship?

The type of government called Dictatorship is a very different kind of government from what we have in the US. In the US, we have many government officials and many people to watch over our people. In governments with dictatorships though, the power is concentrated more in the hands of one person or one type of group. The person in charge is known as a dictator, and usually makes all the decisions for the country.

Adolf Hitler was a dictator for Germany in the mid 1900s. Being a dictator, Hitler was able to get his way with things very easily.