Modern Tyranny Tested

The ancient definition of tyranny differs tremendously from the modern definition of tyranny. The ancient definition, which originates in Greece, was used for a person who comes to power in an unorthodox way. Traditionally, power would be passed on through lineage or an election, but tyranny described a ruler who came to power through an unconventional way. The old definition of a tyrant did not limit the ruler to being disliked and cruel. The word tyrant could be used to describe a good or bad ruler. The modern definition of tyrant refers to a person in position of unlimited power. The modern tyrant has no power restraints, and typically has their own agenda as the priority of the nation. The modern tyrant rules in a cruel manner and is disliked by the people under him.

            The article I analyzed, titled “Some Tyrants are Bad and Some are Worse,” states that there are three different types of tyranny. The first type of tyrant is most similar to the modern definition of tyranny. The article describes these tyrants as people who control their country like their own private property. The person of power uses the country’s assets to complete their personal goals.

            The second type of tyrant is a person who contains the same power as the ordinary tyrant, but uses it in attempt to better off the people under them. Although this tyrant makes it seem like they have the people’s interest in mind, the tyrant is ultimately doing this to gain fame and glory. This type of tyrant is not similar to the modern nor ancient tyrant.

            The last tyrant the article describes is a tyrant who gains power in attempt to make an idealistic community. This means that the tyrant wants to grow a community with a specific type of people. This ruler also uses his power to actively exclude people that do not fit the model for their community. A modern example of this tyranny that the article uses is Al Qaeda. They believe every person should live a certain way, and believe in certain things, and are willing to exterminate people who differ.

            The article’s views of tyranny are all used correctly in this context because they have been seen before in history or are currently happening. As far as the modern definition of tyranny, which describes a tyrant as cruel and unlimited in powers most closely relates to the first definition written in the article. These tyrants both rule for themselves and use the people under them to complete their personal goals. In terms of the ancient definition of tyranny, which refers to a person who rises to power in an unorthodox way, could relate to all of these examples. The article did not mention how these tyrants would come to power, but rather how they ruled. The ancient definition did not limit a tyrant to only ruling poorly, but stated that they could actually be good leaders. The second tyrant mentioned in the article has the most potential to be like an ancient tyrant. The second tyrant in the article has the good intentions to be a good leader, but also has some pride issues that could lead him to being a bad leader.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-05/tyrants-are-bad-and-some-are-worse

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