Salazar became a dictator because he was educated

May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Salazar became a dictator because he was educated.  Not overly brilliant — he got his doctorate without ever having to submit a thesis — but overly brilliant was not required:  Portugal had but one university at the time; and five hundred students in it.  Later in life, the man often complained that he had no elites to fall back on.  Hitler and Mussolini, he said wistfully, have competent people they can entrust their policies to and can themselves concentrate on formulating strategy; I have do everything myself.  (Felipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Salazar).

Over an evening meal with a group of writers and artists, one told us that there was a weakness in Portuguese arts throughout history.  “Naturally there are some that are good, but few real greats in any of the arts.” (Paul Buck, Lisbon).

 

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