How to be a Successful Tyrant

Finally there is a book that I have been looking for to find for a long time.


From the intro of the book:

Despite the apparently endless stream of “how to” and “self-help” books, one segment of the population still has nowhere to turn for help and guidance: the would-be tyrants and oppressors of the world. The purpose of this book is to remedy that deficiency.

If you are one of those individuals who most of all crave the ability to dominate, subjugate, and control your fellow man, this book is for you.

The author, Larken Rose, describes the two classes of tyrants, the “old school” tyrant who rules simply by force, and the modern tyrant who rules by convincing his subjects that servitude is the only way to go. In very clear and concise examples Mr. Rose demonstrates that in today’s world only the second method should be used. It is incredibly more effective and much safer for you, the future tyrant.

After all, a person who tears his heart out, throws it to your feet, and even stomps on it is not very likely to shoot you, while a person in shackles will do all in his or her power to break free and take back what you stole from him or her – – and probably shoot you then.

It needs to be noted that the setup of the latter tyrant requires more planning and intelligence. But once established it maintains itself and runs mostly without the need to interfere and control. The Internal Revenue Service, together with the income tax system, is the most beautiful example of the truth of that fact.

This book finally brings easily digestible data into the hand of even the smallest dictator. It might be amiss of some practical drills, but if there is enough interest I would be willing to organize boot camps where in the midst of like-minded tyrants we could practice the data presented in this book.

Update: The above was written many years ago, and, unfortunately, this book is out of print, but you might be able to get in touch with Larken Rose, and check with him if he can get you a copy.