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Unformatted text preview: Matt Condon 12/13/08 Paul Smith GenEd 111 Authoritarian Regimes I have several website sources, and books that I would use if I was teaching a class about authoritarian regimes. If I were teaching a class about authoritarian regimes it would be necessary to cover what it is exactly. An authoritarian regime is a type of government that typically has one ruler that listens to no one, and is typically the main decision maker in the government. They often gain control of their government through military power, and this is how they run their country. Inspiring fear through its people, and ruling with an iron fist. I prime example is the military rule of Chile in the mid-70’s. They were trying to eliminate all leftist leaders, and this did this by killing, arresting, or exiling all-important leaders. They said that they were doing it out of “national Security”. Another part that is scene in all authoritarian regimes is censorship. In order to keep the people of the country in control they have to censor the information they are exposed to. They regulate what can be watched on TV, what is read in newspapers, and even what can be found on the Internet. This allows the government to feed the citizens propaganda, and creates minimal rebellion among the people. Authoritarian regimes tend to end in violence and chaos. When the leader who has been running the country dies, the regime often falls with him, and yet again a new style of government is installed in a country....
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