Big Hat Dictators Always Die

There seems to be a general rule about dictators that the bigger the hat, the more petty they are. Muammar Qaddafi certainly fit that bill.

It represents the vanity that is common with many such tyrants. There is a kind of iconography that goes with the territory; with the usual pomp and self-glorification—the giant posters [...]


“How To Ruin A Perfectly Nice Country,” By Hugo Chávez

This is a reprint of an article from Business Week on Hugo Chávez’s latest failure of socialist planning. Anyone who has read about the early days of the Bolshevik dictatorship in Russia will find this familiar.

I’ve portrayed Chávez as an international clown whose ignorance is only matched by his arrogance and his megalomania. It is [...]