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Despotism (Greek: Δεσποτισμός, despotismós) is a form of government in which a single entity, whether it be an individual or a corporate group, rules with absolute power to make and interpret law deciding good and evil. A despot would exercise absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way that would lay heavy burdens upon the people in the form of taxation, tribute and regulations.

There can be no despot in a true republic for the leaders are titular and the people have the power of interpretation of law through jury nullification.

A democracy, especially an indirect democracy can usher in despotism if the people become scattered through sloth by way of an increase in socialist programs. Central banking and communism leads to dependence on central planning and the power that corrupts rulers that often become totalitarian.

The United States Declaration of Independence accused the British government of "a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinc[ing] a design to reduce [the people] under absolute Despotism".

But the king said it differently, “I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.” -- King George III of England

"We must realize that today's Establishment is the New George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution." Points of Rebellion (1969), William Orville Douglas was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for 36 years (16 October 1898 – 19 January 1980).