Skip to comments.Professor Defines Modern Dictators
Posted on 04/01/2010 6:43:23 AM PDT by Shout Bits
April 1, Birmingham, AL: A new software tool from the University of Alabama may help resolve the lingering confusion as to who is a dictator. Prof. Ted Snydman was inspired to develop his Automated Dictator Detector software (ADD) when he heard actor Sean Penn emphatically state that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was not in fact a dictator.
I had always thought of Chavez as a dictator, and I wondered how Mr. Penn came to his conclusions, said the political science professor. That is why I developed the ADD, to objectively determine who is a dictator. . . .
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Very humorous. Good stuff...
“Among Dr. Snydmans other favorite dictators, Libyas Muammar Gaddafi scored especially high. Interestingly, Gaddafi scored even higher on the ADD scale when we set the software for a female subject, the researcher added.”
I can think of another limp wristed effete tyrant who would score high as a female dictator.
Clever and cute! Odd, though, about the glaring omission of Obama. I guess he’s too skinny to be a true dictator...
Signs of leaders in danger of slipping into dictators include: an ideological bent that makes the leader think he knows better than the majority of his people, a sense that the leader can run private institutions better under government control, repeatedly referring to new laws and regulations as gifts to his people, and a tendency to paint his political enemies as violent threats to his partys safety.
Snydman is far too charitable. Nobody else would even notice that Sean Penn has an opinion—let alone give a hoot what it is.