1. Colonel Gaddafi “Freedom of expression is the right of every natural person, even if a person chooses to behave irrationally to express his or her insanity.”
Many dictators proclaimed their support for freedom of expression. Of course, they were only interested in their own freedom; anyone who deviated from the norms they established would be punished. Gaddafi’s articulation of the principle, from his infamous The Green Book, is masterful— especially when read as a statement of personal intent.
2. Mao Zedong “It [materialist dialectics] holds that external causes are the condition of change and internal causes are the basis of change, and that external causes become operative through internal causes. In a suitable temperature an egg changes into a chicken, but no temperature can change a stone into a chicken, because each has a different basis.”
This gobbledygook comes from Chairman Mao’s ‘philosophy’ On Contradiction. It was reprinted in Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the most widely circulated book in history after the Bible. The mania surrounding Mao’s quotations was such that Chinese newspapers attributed miracles to them. I read On Contradiction while suffering from a fever. It made me feel worse.
3. Saddam Hussein