Most Helpful Girl
hell nooooo, human beings are evil and controlling, and assholes. they want everyone to be a monolith, they think their way is the superior way, superior ideology, why do you think religion was created? to give people some control and moral groundwork (altho some humans hide their evils behind religion instead of use religion to make themselves better as people). no good dictator exist, human beings are not kind people.2
Most Helpful Guy
I guess it would depend on what kind of criteria you choose to rate them. You could pick anything from military success to a stable economy to simply having popular approval and you might end up with vastly different results.
Perhaps a better question would therefore be: have dictators existed that have done right to their people?
Well, a difficult question. Very broadly speaking, I would say no - because letting everyone in a society participate in the decision where the nation is going as a whole is a crucial part of "doing right to your people". Few people want to simply accept everything without having a say. Another problem with dictators is that they oftentimes end up doing very bad things in the hope of making up for the point above and gaining the people's approval in a different way. Dictators also tend to be masters of manipulation and propaganda. They lie to their people and abuse their (economic) despair.
However, it is certainly true that some dictators have done SOME good things. Fidel Castro has given Cuba one of the best healthcare systems in the world and good education for everyone. Hugo Chavez has lifted millions of paupers out of misery. Ghaddafi gave his people free healthcare, education, electricity and almost-free petrol, as well as (almost-) equal rights for women. Ayatollah Khomeini gave Iranians back their national sovereignty, which they were thirsting for. Hitler managed to stabilize the German economy... and he passed the first non-smoking laws in the world (and they were pretty strict). The thing with the Autobahn on the other hand is not true. Germany had already been building highways long before Hitler.
The question is: at what price did these things happen? And even more importantly: do we need a dictator to achieve them?
Yes, there have been dictators that have done good deeds. However, for any good thing they did, they did about three horrible ones. And, to come full circle, none of them actually let the people have a choice. Even if they perhaps had a good sense of what their people wanted, such totalitarianism must be considered very problematic by anyone who cares not just about democracy but about freedom.
Maybe the one guy that would come closest to a benevolent dictator would be France-Albert René from the Seychelles. But I'm sure even with him, we could find a lot of dirt. In the end, humans are humans. And the power-hungry ones are usually not the most caring ones.0