20: DICTATORSHIPS Benevolent dictatorships are fine.

There is nothing inherently bad about benevolent dictatorships. They are the most efficient way of organizing group endeavor. Their main disadvantage is that they tend to be unstable. They can too easily degrade into non-benevolent dictatorships. Democracies, while more stable than benevolent dictatorships, don’t work as well under battlefield conditions. When you operate as a benevolent dictatorship pay particular attention to maintaining robust and high quality feedback loops. Without them it is only a matter of time until the benevolent dictatorship self destructs by losing contact with the reality of what is happening on the front lines... where the organization meets the irresistible forces and immovable objects of the real world.