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What does "Despotism" mean?

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The answer above is a great one, and the example of Saudi Arabia presents a wonderful example as well of despotism.  Many of the regimes in the Middle East are in fact good examples of it, where the power is concentrated in the hands of an elite whether they are a theocracy or, as in the case of Saudi Arabia, a monarchy.

But the King of Saudi Arabia acts mainly in the interests of his own family and the closest pieces of the royal...

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