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Joseph Stalin: An Authoritarian Regime

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Singapore 's former Prime Minster, Lee Kuan Yew once said: "Human beings, regrettable though it may be, are inherently vicious and have to be restrained." An ideology such as this can lead to the creation of an authoritarian regime. In today 's most countries tend to have a democratic system, but it wasn 't always that way. Throughout history, there were nations under authoritarian rule. Unlike a democracy which is a system that allows the people to choose their leaders and to hold their leaders accountable for their policies and their conduct in office. An authoritarian regime is "an oppressive regime that rules through strict, intrusive, and violent enforcement of laws. Can take the form of a dictatorship, but may also manifest itself…show more content…
Another cause that contributes to the rise of an authoritarian regime is the leader in control. Most countries have had multiple leaders over the years. Leaders tend to have a different approach on how they 're going to govern their nation. One leader may take great pride in including the people 's feelings in making decisions while other may acknowledge their way as the only way. A prime example of a leader who ignited an authoritarian regime in their country was Josef Stalin of Russia. Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Under Stalin 's reign, the Soviet Union was transformed from a peasant society to an industrial and military driven nation. Stalin did turn the Soviet Union around, however, he did it through terror, and millions of lives were lost due to his tactics. Before the death of Vladimir Lenin, a predecessor of the Soviet Union, Stalin made great strides in his party to boost his credibility as a future leader. Ironically, the methods he used weren 't as credible as they seemed until after his death. "Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder, and in 1922 he became secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a role that enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support" ("Joseph Stalin"). Once Stalin became secretary general he procced to elect people who he knew were going to be on his side no matter what. He knew if he got as much power as he could before he actually ran for the position as ruler of the Soviet Union, it would be easier to get the
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