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Wonder who has the best historical example of a benevolent dictator?

It's clearly much simpler if one individual could be counted on to make the correct, best decision.

Unfortunately most of  our collective attempts at action produce the opposite

Does anyone believe that a national summit on climate change will work ?

Well, we can hope, but there is something else that can be done.
Some encouragement could be a good thing

This whitehouse petition is designed to promote getting us off fossil fuels in 40 years, using an emergency national plan which includes a carbon tax, duties on imports from countries that don't impose a similar carbon tax, and incentives for the emergency development and deployment of renewable energy sources
Please sign it to promote realistic discussion of what is really needed.

Barry Allen

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  •  WTF Baz? I strongly suggest you re-title... nt (6+ / 0-)

    'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:02:47 PM PST

  •  NO Dictators... (4+ / 0-)

    Benevolent or otherwise.


    Are you a troll?

    I'm this [] close to HR'ing you for the bad title that even suggests such an alien concept in this country.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:07:32 PM PST

  •  Benevolent dictator? No way! (2+ / 0-)
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    debedb, houyhnhnm

    The problem with philosopher kings is that for every Marcus Aurelius there is a Caligula, and the evil of the latter always exceeds whatever good may be found in the former.

  •  I signed your Petition when you (5+ / 0-)

    first posted about it.  And then you slap me and everyone here in the face with your offensive title!  What gives?

    This President has done more for environmental issues since President Carter, as Meteor Blades pointed out in his well-written diary.  If he had a real Congress to work with (obviously, I'm calling out the vile GOP), he'd have done a lot more.  I have no doubt about that.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:13:47 PM PST

    •  The USA, in general, has done a great deal. (1+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille

      As the former EPA director said,...

      Jackson Confirms EPA Chart Showing No Effect on Climate Without China, India

      July 7, 2009

      Contact: Matt Dempsey  (202)224-9797

      Jackson Confirms EPA Chart Showing No Effect on Climate Without China, India

      "I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels," Administrator Jackson said.  

      I really wish more Kossacks would give Dem-inspired carbon-mitigation policies the credit they deserve.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:54:08 PM PST

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  •  One Trick Pony, anyone? (9+ / 0-)

    Thirteen 'posts' in four days . . .

    How about writing something more substantial?

  •  I Understand the Aversion to the Title and the (1+ / 0-)
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    Barry Allen

    historical reasons for that, but we're in a bind that history has never seen ever in the history of apes, much less our heritage of political and economic systems.

    Nobody can sanely dispute that our system is unable act appropriately in the time frame required by the science, which is faster than most projections for getting something almost infinitely less challenging to our society: full human rights for LGBT.

    Even the 40 year horizon of the diarist's petition is decades too slow.

    A casual suggestion that a dictatorship could respond more effectively to our situation is orders of magnitude less extremist and shocking than our situation is.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:51:04 PM PST

    •  Methinks the cure would be worse than the (0+ / 0-)

      problem. Because a dictator sees those who have no power as obstacles he will destroy to institute his solution which actually may be wrong. Perhaps a dictator would decide that population is the main problem... Bang concentration camps where the unlucky are destroyed for the good of the planet... Guess who the destroyed will be... the politically powerless.. Let me guess who that would be... the poor, minorities, disobedient women, unemployed, Muslim, Jewish, Indian, ... All for the good of the planet and anyone who disagrees with them is dead for being disloyal and obstructionist... the planet will survive but if we can't do this without dictators then perhaps we aren't worth it.

      Dictators once in power have a way of losing thier social conserns and gain in satisfying thier egos at the expense of whatever gained them the power in the first place while rating people on how useful they are to them or how thye suck up...

      Fear is the Mind Killer...

      by boophus on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:50:13 PM PST

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  •  There really is only one in recent memory. (0+ / 0-)

    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk overthrew the Ottomans and created modern Turkey. He is still very properly revered by Turks. He rebuilt the Turkish language, instituted free education, established a secular democracy to take over after him, abolished a lot of archaic, discriminatory practices and just all around improved the country.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:13:36 PM PST

  •  Show me a dictator who didn't think he/she (2+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton, houyhnhnm

    was benevolent.

  •  Kemal Ataturk! (0+ / 0-)

    I'd vote for him. Once (that's all you would need).

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:47:05 AM PST

  •  A lot of American companies have benevolent (1+ / 0-)
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    ... dictators. And often not so benevolent. You shut up, do what you're told, and I might add be the perfect person for your job, 24/7/365. You will always be presenting the best company image and spending all your spare time and energy to fit into the workplace culture... or else.

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:05:52 AM PST

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