(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History – Part 5 Die Diktatur

The next instalment of my documentary on dictatorship has been released. This series is to support the release of my new book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship (which is being given away for free this weekend, the 9-10 April). In this part, Carl Schmitt’s journey from justifying commissary dictatorship to justifying the sovereign dictatorship of…

(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History Seeds of Total Dictatorship

The 4th part of my video documentary on dictatorship is up on YouTube. This video series is to support my latest book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship. In this part the roots of left-wing and conservative dictatorships is presented. Two figures are critical; Donoso Cortes, the Spanish architect of conservative dictatorship and Joseph Weydemeyer, who…

(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History – Rome

The next instalment of my documentary on dictatorship is online. This part describes the Roman dictatorship and the Roman state of emergency,.known as iustitium. It also shows the difference between the dictatorships of the 1st century B.C., namely those of Sulla and Caesar, and those of previous centuries. Click on the link below.  

(Video) Dictatorship: A Forbidden History Introduction

I am remaking a YouTube video that was used to support my latest book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship. Like the book, this will be a history and analysis of dictatorship. Please click here to view the first part.

A Book That Was Disturbing to Write

“It was written that I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.” Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness On Tuesday (March 1st, 2016) my new book The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship will hit the Kindle electronic shelves! This is a study on dictatorial and extraordinary powers, with particular emphasis on the meaning of these…

Book Excerpt: The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship

The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship By Colm Gillis KDP, 2016   V.1 Martial Law   Martial law is the equivalent of the French state of siege in England and a form of martial law, even having the same name when translated directly into French, had existed in France from 1789-1793. [1] The strongest opinion holds…

Book Excerpt: The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship

The Terrible Beauty of Dictatorship By Colm Gillis KDP, 2016   III.1 The Overthrow of the Bourbons and Dictatorship     The French authorities – almost as if to underline the point that dictatorial powers punctuate passages of democratic freedom – adopted a crisis instrument soon after overthrowing the last Bourbon king. Before the time…

New Documentary: “Dictatorship: A Forbidden History”

Please click on the link below to watch my new (so new it’s my first!) documentary on dictatorship. The documentary is intended to put dictatorship in a historical context & to frame it as a problem in political philosophy. Please note that if viewed from mobile the settings must be changed. Details are given below…

Dictatorship: A Quick and Easy Guide

In this simple to understand guide, three types of dictatorship are distinguished. There is also a quick summary of words that are often confused with dictatorship.  1. Three Types of Dictatorship The three types to be distinguished are that of constitutional dictatorship, used by countries like France or the US, left-wing dictatorship, e.g. USSR, and…