The Unusual Connection Between Optimism and Dictatorships

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At first glance, the idea that dictatorships and optimism go possibly go hand in hand seems a jarring idea. Isn’t totalitarian control dark and gloomy and iron-fisted? Well, yes. But such systems are based on the premise that utopia looms on the horizon — a paradise of efficiency and purity and cooperative comradeship (or whatever particular ideal that dictatorship favors)!

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