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Prelinger Archives. Despotism

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  • Thoughtful and non-propagandistic educational film concerning how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 13, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.


  • Introduction to Despotism (1:06) -- Respect Scale (1:24) -- Power Scale (1:48) -- Economic Distribution (2:07) -- Information Scale (2:09) -- Democracy Exercise (1:08) -- Credits: Prelinger Archives: Despotism (0:07)
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