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3 Dictators Who Weren’t Pure Evil?

1. Park Chung Hee – South Korea

park chung hee

Usual claim to fame: Kidnapping political opponent and future South Korean president Kim Dae Jung from Japan in broad daylight and taking him out for a ride on a boat.
Kim Dae Jung came within minutes of “sleeping with the fishes” and certainly would have if not for immediate US diplomatic pressure.
The Dictator Park was known for allowing torture, the creative use of electric shock was a specialty during his rule.
Above all he turned South Korea into corporate oligarchy mainly concerned with the needs of a few ‘chaebol’ mega-companies. Funny how they never seem to mention that both North and South Korea were dictatorships for decades.

Not Pure Evil?: Park despite his abuses is commonly credited with getting things done and putting the infrastructure in place that has allowed South Korea to become the economic superpower it is today.

Bonus: His daughter is now the president of South Korea.

Park Geun Hye


2. Augusto Pinochet – Chile

Augusto Pinochet

Usual claim to fame: Made thousands of political opponents “disappear.”

Not Pure Evil?: Pinochet turned around Chile’s economy overnight using his dictatorial power to simply get things done. Ever since, Chile has consistently been the most prosperous and stable country in South America.

Bonus: His look has had enduring influence.

Pinochet and M. Bison

Capcom vs. Reality

Also, the only of these 3 dictators to die from old age…in his 90s.


3. Rafael Trujillo – Dominican Republic

Rafael Trujillo
Usual claim to fame: Rose to power as a US puppet who was installed to collect debts the Dominican Republic had defaulted on. Soon he owned most of the country’s economy and was more than willing make opponents “disappear.”

Not Pure Evil?: Like the other two dictators Trujillo is credited with strengthening the economy and infrastructure of the Dominican Republic despite making the country into an oligarchic nepotocracy.
Perhaps more remarkable is Trujillo’s establishment of a system of national parks, regulation of logging and slash and burn farming.
Somehow people end up paying more attention to these kinds of regulations when there’s a ruthless dictator enforcing them…
The results of Trujillo’s policies speak for themselves.
Here’s a picture of the border of Haiti and the Dominican republic.

Border Dominican Republic and Haiti

Bonus: How many dictators could be marketed to the green and “fair trade” crowd? Couldn’t you envision him with that trademark smug smirk on the front of a bag of organic coffee?


8 responses to “3 Dictators Who Weren’t Pure Evil?

  1. Foolish Dog January 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Hmm, kinda like that old saying about breaking eggs to make an omlette.

  2. AAB January 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    ‘Pinochet turned around Chile’s economy overnight using his dictatorial power to simply get things done. Ever since, Chile has consistently been the most prosperous and stable country in South America.’

    I recall seeing on a documentary (the name escapes me) that said that Pinochet basically used Freidman style ‘market economic theory’ to remedy the former socialist economy (heres a Wiki entry on him:

    The military government of Burma which took control of the country in the late 1980’s – early 1990s also had to reform their economy due to incompetant socialist policies. Though all you see of Burma nowadays from the MSM is Aung Sung Lee. Whom they portray as some poor suffering middle-aged woman, oppressed by a nasty brutish right-wing military government; completely ignoring the fact that the present day military government pretty much stopped Burmas Opium production overnight (it was part of the Golden Triangle of South East Asia, used for Opium production). If it wasn’t for the right-wing, conservative, military types, then illegal drug production world wide would probably be much higher. (The Taliban also opposed drug production prior too the invasion by NATO in 2001.)

    • Giovanni Dannato January 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Great additional info and insights. Awesome comment.

      I hadn’t known that much about Burma myself except that its rural areas have been notoriously unstable.

      The West is obviously trying to plug Aung San Suu Kyi into their networks before the Chinese get her.(There’s a bit of a new world wide cold war now via proxies)
      And the public relations propaganda aimed at the silly masses is only to be expected.

      I hadn’t been aware that the Burmese generals had shut down the opium trade. That’s pretty impressive.

      • AAB January 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        ‘(There’s a bit of a new world wide cold war now via proxies)’

        Yeah I definitely agree. Of the ones that make it to the newsrooms (that I can recall), there’s Georgia (NATO v Russia), Lebanon (Israel v Iran), North Korea (US v China), Columbia-Venezuela Drugs/FARC conflicts (US v Russia).

        Pre-atomic era empires would slog it out face-to-face, but now, since inter-empire (physical) warfare is too destructive they’ve moved to using small-scale proxies or alternatively non-physical warfare (economic sanctions, psyops, assasinating scientists etc). In the case of proxy-wars it’s like a divorce case between two parents when the parents end up using the children as weapons against each other. It ends up in a stalemate. And the kids grow up psychologically damaged. No one wins.

  3. AAB January 21, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Giovanni, you might want to revise your ‘blogroll’ list on this website, as the ‘Manosphere Links’ and ‘Manosphere Copies’ blogs have been deleted.

  4. Giovanni Dannato January 31, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Looks like it’s just FB’s articles though. I’ve expressed concern because I wrote several articles for IMF, some of which were included in those archives that I’d linked to.
    Thankfully, I saved them all before the deadline and all the lovely comments are still there. 🙂

    I certainly was no favorite of FB. His soft spot was for gamers. But he would publish me because I could bring in a steady stream of trolls and ‘jizzabellers.’
    For me, trollish posts on IMF were a publicity engine for my denser philosophical writings and an outlet for emotional energy.

    I was definitely disappointed that he shut it down. I didn’t much care what he believed because he was giving all sorts of counterculture types a way to reach more people.

    Good times, though.

    Who knows, maybe I’ll turn them all into a Forward Base B book complete with all the comments.

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