Pols241 Sept.17/2013 Week 2 Lecture 2
o Wanted his own empire
o BUT….he lived in a republic
o He was from a rich patrician family and he understood that he needed support from the
poor people to succeed in taking down the senate.
o Thus….he gave them his own personal fortune and made them think that he was their
friend. Therefore this equals the way to take down democracy, by creating a populist
o Then he was able to take down the senate
o Nephew of Napoleon (Napoleon III)
Wanted to be the emperor
Pretended to be a friend of the poor
The poor thus supported him and thus he was able to get elected
Then he became the emperor
o Bonopartism (provides a mean for those who are not as strong to rule by force, it is
ultimately peaceful because it quiets down the conflicts in society)
Process by which the dominant class cannot control by force and thus it is
forced to use the support of the poor instead.
Hypocritical and a lie because it is essentially an effort for the dominant class to
maintain its rule.
Ex. Pinochet (Chile)
Means that there is a “strongman” who sets himself up as a paternalistic figure
to rule the country. Not a politician, he is someone above political meddling.
Playing a protection racket
o Gives protection in exchange for complete obedience.
Maneuvers political forces to gain total control
Promise to give something that democracy can’t (peace and quiet)
because democracy is messy its all about bickering and it is
o Peace and quiet is delivered through using tripartite (feature of
State provides peace
Labourers have work
And business pay taxes to the state
o Tripartite ensures that the social divide between the different