The Dictator's Playbook
I have run out of time to write, but I want to take this opportunity to put in a plug for series of six videos available on KSPS.org entitled The Dictator's Playbook. I highly recommend Episode 3, Benito Mussolini, the original 20th century dictator, the man who pioneered many of the techniques we see currently. The series is available to KSPS Passport members (requiring a donation of $60 or more per year, money well spent).
Keep to the high ground,