I've read your essay on dictators. I don't think it is a subject which can be dealt with in that way. Chance is a large factor.
I don't follow your reasoning as to why it cannot be dealt with that way. Please expand on it.
I don't think there is any chance of a mad dictator appearing in our midst again. It could happen I suppose in the event of a catastrophe of some sort but I don't see that either.
Unless you believe human nature has changed very recently, I fail to understand why mad dictators cannot appear again. All you need are a gullible population and a mad dictator to cross paths, and I do not believe that possibility has been eliminated, no way.
But I agree that the mindless hysteria I have seen recently is not a good sign. When people start worshipping politicians there is something amiss. As I have said before, in England we think of them as a species of vermin. All of them. The idea of standing in the rain queueing for hours to vote is a joke here.
I believe if a culture loses its character, then it may succumb to a leader without character.
I also believe humans, by nature, will believe in something more or less as a God, whether they believe in a God or not, and if they do not, they will tend to transfer that belief into a human being, a king, somebody to take care of them, to relieve them of their emotional needs, to comfort them, thus communism or dictatorships tend to believe in the state as something to revere. I think that is how alot of people are seeing Obama, he is now their king, Bamalot. They are ripe for somebody, or something to believe in, to worship, to fawn over, and to follow like a bunch of mindless sheep.