"Pattern of dictatorship
We learn from history that self-made despotic rulers follow a standard
In gaining power:
• They exploit, consciously or unconsciously, a state of popular
dissatisfaction with the existing regime or of hostility between
different sections of the people.
• They attack the existing regime violently and combine their appeal to
discontent with unlimited promises (which, if successful, they fulfill
only to a limited extent).
• They claim that they want absolute power for only a short time (but
“find” subsequently that the time to relinquish it never comes).
• They excite popular sympathy by presenting the picture of a
conspiracy against them and use this as a lever to gain a firmer hold at
some crucial stage. "...