cult of personality


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cult of personality

the practice in totalitarian regimes in which the leader (e.g. Hitler, STALIN, MAO TSE-TUNG) is elevated to a position of total pre-eminence and presented as the source of all political wisdom, the architect of all worthwhile political and social outcomes, etc. In this process criticism of, and opposition to, the leader is suppressed, and popular political participation reduced to ritualistic celebrations of the life and achievements of the leader.
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But England bought into the cult of personality and completely forgot that Italy had a few more other talented players on the pitch and allowed Matteo Darmian and Antonio Candreva to pose the real threat on the right and assist in producing the winning goal for that huge fan of bonfire night Mario Balotelli.
Denying the presence of 'Stalinism' in Russai, Putin said that Stalinism is linked with a cult of personality and massive violations of the law, with repression and camps, which is not the case in Russia, although he said that it does not mean that there should be no order and discipline.
The cult of personality that he has created for himself was evident during the week when the first thing we priced up following his appointment wasn't Sunderland's odds of survival, but for him to push over another ref and for him to be sent to the stands during the season (100/1 and 4/1 for those of you asking
They are used to build a cult of personality for the dynastic family.
This timely volume on the history of North Korea provides an insider's look, as far as one exists, into this paradoxical political system and explores the effects of the recent transition of power to Kim Jong Un on the cult of personality that has been the backbone of this isolated nation.
In each of the well-known cases cited previously, the successful entity produced a cult of personality.
Its staffers have won several international awards for cover stories on topics ranging from the king's cult of personality and the drug trafficking in the Rif Mountains to police corruption and Morocco's Christian minority.
With these public personas, any person can theoretically fall prey to the pitfalls of the cult of personality.
The regime, having realised its loss of legitimacy, has launched a concerted campaign to strengthen a cult of personality around Khamenei.
In the cult of personality, Gates and Microsoft lag behind the enigmatic Steve Jobs and glitzy Apple.
From the early days where the pets were work animals who had to earn their stay at the white house to recent presidents where the pets have a cult of personality all their own.
He worked in the days before the cult of personality dragged the art of sports commentary into the egotists' gutter.