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Atlas Is Starting To Shrug

In Venezuela. Somebody needs to tell socialist authoritarians like Chavez that that trick never works.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 17, 2007 11:13 AM
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What do you mean, never works? They're in charge and rapidly acquiring dictatorial powers, aren't they? What more could you want?

Posted by Annoying Old Guy at February 17, 2007 07:43 PM

For every Castro, there are two Chaucheskus, a Saddam, Cusay, Ouday, Allende and a Mousilini who end up with a stretched neck or as a bullet stop.

The occupation of Dictator does have a very high mortality rate. OSHA would not approve of it.

Posted by Mike Puckett at February 17, 2007 08:03 PM

And it only took, what, forty years for Saddam to be deposed? Or for Soviet rule of Romania to end?

Posted by Phil Fraering at February 18, 2007 08:47 AM

Pinochet also barely escaped being lynched after the 1982 recession.

Posted by Adrasteia at February 18, 2007 06:11 PM

lot's of dictator's live long lives.

Mobuto in Zaire,

Shah Pahlavi in Iran,

Hafez Assad in Syria,

Suharto in Indonesia

Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan

Given the average american president goes 6 years,
for a dictator to go 12 is a pretty good run,

now, someone should run a study on dictators of the 20th
century with breakouts by region and national size.

Castro has gone 50 years, Stalin went a long time
mao went a long time, so did the vietnamese
The generals in South Korea,

so it's hard to say the data is diverse.

Posted by anonymous at February 19, 2007 09:26 AM

Already done. Parade mag in the Sunday paper had the top 15 w/ years in power and their age.

Posted by CJ at February 20, 2007 09:57 AM

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