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Who was the most benevolent dictator in history?

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Who was the most benevolent dictator in history?


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    Mike H. says:

    Josip Broz (Tito) of Yugoslavia. He held that country together til he died, but, making the mistake of most totalitarians, he thought it'd hold together after he died…oops.

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    Jerry Parker says:

    The same could be said about General Franco of Spain as Broz.

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    Catherine says:

    Sorry, but I've got to say that the phrase "benevolent dictator" is a complete oxymoron. Any form of the subjugation of individual rights is never benevolent. If it's names you're looking for, the question may best be rephrased as, "Which dictator chose to opress his country the least". The only way a dictator can be "benevolent" is to say, "from this day forward, I shun the title of dictotor/absolute ruler/monarch (etc), and do hereby establsh a constitutional republic". Granted, that could not be achieved overnight, but setting the wheels in motion would be a good first step.

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      Kehinde Oduwale says:

      An OXYMORON is a figure of speech (somehow like paradox) that depicts a popular expression of Two jointly and sententially used Antonyms. Oxymoron (like TEARS OF JOY, LIVING DEAD i.e someone at point of death e.t.c) differs from Paradox (like OBAMA-American President from the DEMOCRATIC party DICTATORIALLY invaded sovereign country of Libya) in that while the former enjoys conventional usage, the latter is always strangely used. However, the main similarity that unites these 2 literary terms is that they both convey SENSE, REASON & MEANING as matter of semantic necessity. In case, you still want to stick to the dogma (by your assumption that BENEVOLENT DICTATOR is an oxymoron) i ask you..where would you place antonyms like MISERLY, SELF-CENTERED, SELFISH & STINGY if you hold that DICTATOR is directly opposite to BENEVOLENT by implication of your thought? if reverse is the case…where would you place antonyms like DEMOCRATIC & ELECTIVE if you hold that BENEVOLENT is antonymous with DICTATOR?

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    Alexandrite says:

    I think Alexander the Great. He was a ruler loved by his people.

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    Jose Antonio says:

    Napoelon,
    He abolished slavery and toture. Futhermore, he also liberated the Jews he found as he fought though Europe.



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