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Eric A. Posner & Adrian Vermeule, Tyrannophobia (U. Chi. Pub. L. Working Paper No. 276, Harv. Pub. L. Working Paper No. 09-44, Sept. 15, 2009).

Abstract: Tyrannophobia - the fear of dictatorship - is a dominant theme in American political discourse. Yet dictatorship has never existed in the United States or even been likely.The hypothesis that tyrannophobia itself has prevented dictatorship from occurring is implausible; better evidence exists for alternative hypotheses. We conclude that tyrannophobia is an irrational political attitude that has interfered with, and continues to interfere with, needed institutional reform.