Tuesday, July 7, 2009


QUESTION IN RECENT POLL:¿Which of the following totalitarian rulers have governed for the longest period?
1 - Fidel Castro 50 years in power and 'unfortunately' still counting ...2- Kim Il Sung: 46 years 3- Joseph Stalin: 32 years4- Mao Tse Tung: 27 years5- Benito Mussolini: 21 years6- Pol Pot: 16 years7- Adolph Hitler 11 years
RESPONSE: Fidel Castro wins the contest as the longest tyrant of the 20th and 21st century. He has oppressed the Cuban people for the past for fifty years. Congratulations to all participants, specially to the the 14 voters that answered the question correctly.
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.
Fifty years in power and still counting...
Castro has been in office accumulating a great deal of power as Commander in Chief, Prime Minister, General Secretary of the Communist Party, First Secretary of the Council of State and Council of Ministers and self proclaimed "president" of the republic since January 1, 1959. Although he renounced his post as Commander in Chief and President after falling ill on 31 August of 2006, he is still the Communist Party of Cuba's First Secretary and rules the nation from behind the curtain.
Kim Il Sung.President of the "Democratic" Republic of Korea (46 years in power)In power as Prime Minister, President and General Secretary of the Worker's Party from the founding of the nation in 1948 until his death in 1994.
Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, (born Iosef Besarionis dze Jughashvili) in power as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 3 April, 1922 until his death in 5 March, 1954.
Mao Zedong (Simplified Chinese:Mao Tse-tung (Wade-Giles)
1st Chairman of the Communist Party of China since 1945.In power as Chairman of the Party since the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 until his death on 18 September, 1976.
Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini,In power from October 31, 1922 until July 25, 1943.
Saloth Sar or Minh Hai widely known as Pol Pot.General Secretary of the Communist Party of KampucheaPolitical party: Khmer RougeIn office from 1963 until 1979
Adolf HitlerFührer of GermanyIn office from 2 August 1934 until 30 April 1945Political party: National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)
Source: Wikipedia


  1. why do you not list one of the world's worst tyrants, Muammar al-Gaddafi, who usurped power in Libya on 1 September 1969, thus heading for 4 decades of elite oppressive oligarchic rule?

  2. Why do you exclude some of the worst, longest running tyrants, viz: Muammar al-Gaddafi, who usurped power in Libya 1 September 1969 and has since run an oppressive oligarchy?
    also, what about Robert Mugabe, running for over 22 years and so many other African rulers?

  3. Jacqueline, many thanks for your interesting suggestion.

    Certainly, the Lybian ruler Muammar al-Gadaffi deserves a place of infamy among the worst tyrants of history.

    What happens is that this is a blog still under construction as I work on it from time to time, (everytime time allows it) but the idea is to include the hsitory of Latin American, Caribbean, European, Arab, Asian as well as African tyrants.

    Thanks for reading my blog.