- A democracy in which many voters are dangerously ignorant/uneducated and cannot be trusted on to vote for the right anything, or worse yet, malevolent and keep voting for malicious parties and candidates or are blinded by conspiracy theories and fake info;
This is pretty much what we already have in the US, and to a lesser extent, Canada. The US still managed to run a decent election where the sensible voters out-voted the idiots, so no need (yet) to eliminate democracy. Since Canada is literally having an election today, check back in with me on, say, Wednesday on the need for a dictator. I’m betting the answer will be “no”, though.
If enough people fell down the rabbit hole that democracy stopped working, why would I expect The Dictator to be any different?
- A democracy facing an intense threat (pandemic, civil war or some crisis) that requires strongman leadership;
We’ve handled all those without resorting to The Dictator, so why would we need one now? Plus, our democratically elected leaders already have emergency powers if needed, and that should have been at least a small factor in deciding who to vote for - would I trust this person in a crisis? And if they screw it up badly enough, we have means to address that without throwing out democracy. Article 25 in the US, dissolving Parliament (or just a party leadership review) in Canada.
- A bigger global threat; such as climate change, that requires carbon-emitting nations to be strong-armed into cutting back because the public wouldn’t do it on their own
I’d push better technology long before pressing to eliminate democracy. For example, I think the new electric F-150 that’s coming out next year will blow the electric vehicle market wide open. I expect this truck, and others that follow it, will utterly dominate the light truck sector, just because people want to buy them.
- A particular dictator is promising to enact sweeping change that would drastically improve healthcare, environment, taxes, public safety, infrastructure in a way that a gridlocked legislature-democracy wouldn’t
If we can do away with the “gridlocked legislature” to empower a Dictator, why can’t we do the same thing, but instead empower a new, less-gridlocked legislature?
The fundamental problem with this, “Let’s all have a Dictator!” solution is that, fundamentally, The Dictator still needs the help of a large segment of the population to get anything done. And if you have that support, you don’t really need to eliminate democracy. Wanna-be dictators are fond of saying, “I alone can fix it!”, but we all know that’s bullshit. Any “fixing” needs the assistance of millions of other people, no matter how you structure that support.