Why Are We Intrigued by Dictators?

In my latest piece for PJ Media, I talk about the recent death of Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” who ruled Haiti as brutally as his father (“Papa Doc” Francois Duvalier) did before him. I consider why we are intrigued by evil dictators, who are almost always sexually depraved and intellectually dull men:

Some dictators, like Baby Doc, are beneficiaries of inherited power. They aren’t nearly as interesting as those who achieve power on their own. His father, for example, rose through Haitian politics and was elected as president. To get a crowd to follow and worship you is a mystery that no amount of sociology can explain to our satisfaction. It’s one part of our eternal obsession with evil men.

Read the whole thing here.

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