Monday, October 08, 2012

advice for autocrats

A successful leader always puts the wants of his essential supporters before the needs of his people.

--Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith, The Dictator's Handbook, p.195


1 comment:

Aaron said...

Reminds me of the opening sentence of Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter: "In a dictatorship government policy is often appalling, but rarely baffling."

I look forward to your comments on "The Dictator's Handbook." I'm a big fan of the work of Bueno de Mesquita and Smith.