Principles of Tyranny [abridged]
Tyranny is usually thought of as cruel and oppressive, and it often is, but the original definition of the term was rule by persons who lack legitimacy, whether they be malign or benevolent. Historically, benign tyrannies have tended to be insecure, and to try to maintain their power by becoming increasingly oppressive. Therefore, rule that initially seems benign is inherently dangerous, and the only security is to maintain legitimacy — an unbroken accountability to the people through the framework of a written constitution that provides for election of key officials and the division of powers among branches and officials in a way that avoids concentration of powers in the hands of a few persons who might then abuse those powers.
In psychiatry, this syndrome is often discussed as an "authoritarian personality disorder". In common parlance, as being a "control freak".
|Khieu Kanharith - Minister of Misinformation? - School of Vice|
Vote fraud used to prevent the election of reformers
|I vote, therefore I cheat? - School of Vice|
Undue official influence on trials and juries
|Ms Yorm Bopha - convicted of violent conduct against two men! [inter alia] - School of Vice|
Usurpation of undelegated powers
|The armed forces are under oath to protect the tyrant [Hun Sen] against all foes - School of Vice|
Militarization of law enforcement
Subversion of internal checks and balances
Increasing dependency of the people on government
Use of staged events to produce popular support
Conversion of rights into privileges