My nickname stems from Abuzz times. I didn't want a username with a bunch of numbers tagged on, so I fiddled around a bit before I took this one. It's actually quite simple to figure out, and I believe Walter at one time deciphered it already.
You still have to adress the Stroessner case, Okie. I am most interested to hear how he fits in your theories.
I will try to do that, given time tonight, hopefully.
To bring it down to essentials, any government that is intrusive and controlling is left, since the right never leans that way.
Any dictator uses the means at his disposal, the tools of the state to exert control that is, to consolidate his position and pursue his goals.
Hence, all dictators must be from the left.
You are close to what I think, although I would say the majority of intrusive and controlling governments are left. They actually are by definition. I would not say 100%, but by definition, leftists are strong on using the State, in all kinds of ways, one of the primary ones is economic, controlling the means of production and profits. Free marketers simply do not do that, and face it, I wonder if that is where the government's power primarily is found, by controlling commerce?
That is poor reasoning. What if a country declares a state of emergency/war, has it immediately changed into leftwing?
I don't think it is poor reasoning at all, it is critical thinking. Your example of emergency / war, I don't know what examples you can dredge up, but how about Lincoln and the Civil War, he did institute some control of the media and other things, but he did not become a dictator, as he was not a leftwing politician. FDR, he rounded up Japanese Americans, he instituted rationing, and other measures, but he did not become a dictator because of the checks and balances of a fairly conservative, not left wing, government structure.
The system you envision creates a power vacuum at the centre, a powervacuum that will undoubtedly (because this is human nature) be filled in one way or another, namely by those individuals that have the most power over people. In the free market system you seem to envision, that would be the bank managers, the directors and board of regents of large companies, and the stockholders.
And you are saying that these groups are better equipped then a governemnt to keep a country running in a smooth manner?
You have stumbled into a very important point, you mention bank managers, directors and stockholders, but you must recognize that companies do not have the power to govern, they only have the power to sell their products. People seem to fear corporations, when it is government we need to fear, that is where the real threats are. People love to complain about gasoline prices, criminy, buy a little car, or buy stock in oil companies and reap the profits. This is all part of freedom, not a dictatorship. Ride a bicycle to work, nobody is held hostage by an oil company, at least everybody has some control over the energy they use. Banking, I believe we need to have a sound set of regulations for our banking industry, to insure the protection of peoples money and the monetary system, but keep this in perspective, it is government that we need to fear, not banks, if proper regulations are maintained for free markets.
I would like to know what you think of fascism, is it left or right? I think what is happening right before our very eyes right now, with Obama gaining control of the auto industry, the banking industry, and creating czars left and right, to monitor executive compensation, etc. He has an energy czar, and he can institute all kinds of rules to his liking that will control private enterprise. Now, I believe this is all a leftist agenda, not conservative, no way, and if he continues down this road, he could look very much like a fascist State. He believes in the almighty State to meddle and control in the economy, the environment, and who knows what else.
We are right now seeing living proof of what a leftist is doing. Government grows stronger, and we don't hear it now, but unless the rule of law boxes this guy out and doesn't allow it to happen, which I trust it can, I think Lord Obama fits the mold of a guy that would love to become a dictator. I trust him as far as I can throw him, which is not very far at all.