Benjamin Hett on the desperation of tyrants

Benjamin Hett, Professor of History, Hunter College/Graduate Center, offers lessons on Putin from his expertise on Hitler’s leadership of Nazi Germany in an op-ed that appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

“Hitler’s example is the most devastating, but we see the same desperation in other dictators when they face the reality of failure. They become more brutal and repressive. Dictators are psychologically fragile: They need adulation and a sense of mastery, and they cannot tolerate loss.”

February 28, 2022