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Petty Little Dictator Disorder (PLDD)

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I would like to tell you about a serious condition afflicting thousands of policy analysts.  It’s called Petty Little Dictator Disorder, or PLDD, and you or someone you love could be suffering from this epidemic sweeping through our think tanks, advocacy groups, and government offices.  According to the description pending for inclusion in the DSM V, here are the warning signs of PLDD:

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from PLDD.  But don’t worry, help is available.  Here are some steps that may address your PLDD:

PLDD has often gone unnoticed and untreated.  Attention has instead focused on BSDD — Big Scary Dictator Disorder.  And while it’s true that people with BSDD, like Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong Il, have posed grave threats to the world, the dangers of PLDD are more insidious.  People with BSDD are relatively easy to recognize, there is strong motivation to mobilize an opposition to their disorder, and the condition is quite rare.  When it comes to PLDD, however, people hardly notice how their liberty is chipped away bit by bit by those suffering from PLDD.  PLDD is also very common, by some estimates afflicting a majority of policy analysts.  And the righteousness and good intentions of those with PLDD undermine the effective mobilization of a response to the disorder.

I hope you will help me fight the scourge that is PLDD.  Try to check this disorder within yourself and watch for the signs of it in others.  Together, we can win the war against PLDD.

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