28 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2009 Last revised: 1 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 15, 2009
Tyrannophobia - the fear of dictatorship - is a dominant theme in American political discourse. Yet dictatorship has never existed in the United States or even been likely.The hypothesis that tyrannophobia itself has prevented dictatorship from occurring is implausible; better evidence exists for alternative hypotheses. We conclude that tyrannophobia is an irrational political attitude that has interfered with, and continues to interfere with, needed institutional reform.
Keywords: executive power, democracy, dictatorship
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