The Rules for Rulers

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Adapted from 'The Dictator's Handbook':
Part 2:
Grey discusses this video on Cortex:
Che Greyvara T-Shirt:
Special Thanks:
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita & Alastair Smith
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Runtime: 18:13


Kingchris195 - 4 timer siden
...I see what technoblade was saying now
My account to watch Entertaining stuff
Why does school exist again?
lolll - 15 timer siden
Everything suddenly makes sense 🤯
Rob Harris
Rob Harris - 21 time siden
Behind the throne ON myself . U-do YOU
Rocey the catbg
Rocey the catbg - 21 time siden
you can give as much money as you want to those "keys", as long as you make smart desisions about how to spend the rest.
blightmoon - Dag siden
Sinless Hornet
Sinless Hornet - Dag siden
So... The videogame Reigns in real life
Shinobi Kai
Shinobi Kai - Dag siden
צבי ישראל בן דוד
Wow. Must watch for almost anyone
S. V.O.
S. V.O. - Dag siden
GoWadka - Dag siden
I recommend Jadotville on Netflix. The politics in the movie perfectly show these principals at play
DarthPudden - Dag siden
Rump did not watch this.
insylem - Dag siden
14:13 Hmm
Sean Fyffe
Sean Fyffe - 2 dager siden
Perhaps... you’ll be different
Jeremia - 2 dager siden
And this is why Anarchism is the answer.
Enzo Luiz
Enzo Luiz - 2 dager siden
Dictator 1: i Will build hospitals, homes, better and more Jobs and schools
Dictator2: so, imma give my Key supporters 5 dolars more than dictator 1
Key supporters: choose dictator 2
Country's population: Gets Sick and has no hospitals to use, have more children but no homes to put them into and have no schools to educate them
Key supporters and dictator 2: *_business is booming_*
Nathaniel Coffin
Nathaniel Coffin - 2 dager siden
How will AI influence these rules? You can program loyalty and not need human keys.
David Cook
David Cook - 2 dager siden
Best crusader kings tutorial in existence.
HJ L - 2 dager siden
This also explains why every power in the world want to develop fully fuctioning Artificial intelligence. Because A.I. will minimize the KEYS
Itz_ Song
Itz_ Song - 2 dager siden
This makes my Machiavellian personality smile
danilo kavanagh
danilo kavanagh - 3 dager siden
Power game like that are one of the many thing that make me sad about societes
marc whilden
marc whilden - 3 dager siden
Watching this play out.
Dyson Talks
Dyson Talks - 3 dager siden
This inspired me to make a video on how to get in power so you can use these rules
1wing1 - 3 dager siden
this video completely forgoes propaganda tho. as it said, dumb or loyal people dont have to be paid. and they dont necessarily have to see things your way to be loyal..
林義軒 - 3 dager siden
7:48 yep that’s so true, no body will care what young think.
But time is on our side boomer, time is on our side.
Alexander Kim
Alexander Kim - 3 dager siden
this makes sense
Connor Broderick
Connor Broderick - 3 dager siden
populist dictators like Hitler and Mussolini disprove this video because highly educated countries and they spent a ton of money on the citizens
Anglish Scholar
Anglish Scholar - Dag siden
@Sam D26 Hitler and mussolini were similar with spending some points. They were bad dudes but had generous welfare. This video mostly applies to 3rd world dictators A former school teacher, Mussolini’s spending on the public sector, schools and infrastructure was considered extravagant. Mussolini "instituted a programme of public works hitherto unrivaled in modern Europe. Bridges, canals and roads were built, hospitals and schools, railway stations and orphanages; swamps were drained and land reclaimed, forests were planted and universities were endowed".[21] As for the scope and spending on social welfare programs, By 1925, the Fascist government had "embarked upon an elaborate program" that included food supplementary assistance, infant care, maternity assistance, general healthcare, wage supplements, paid vacations, unemployment benefits, illness insurance, occupational disease insurance, general family assistance, public housing and old age and disability insurance
Sam D26
Sam D26 - 3 dager siden
The video is not wrong.There are just some rare exceptions.Also I don’t think hitler spent much money on his citizens
notOM3GA - 3 dager siden
hmm... a coup...
Skye Himalaya
Skye Himalaya - 3 dager siden
0:03 that a map of Altis?
Mister Justice
Mister Justice - 4 dager siden
Does anyone want to hear me sing a song?
Earla Gwynn Abejuela
Earla Gwynn Abejuela - 4 dager siden
So a real democracy should have lower taxes and an economy that relies on the people's productivity?
Looking at you, America. Especially California!
Sam D26
Sam D26 - 3 dager siden
What is wrong with America?
Bennett Carlson
Bennett Carlson - 3 dager siden
Well California's one of the richest states and are you suggesting that it doesn't rely on the productivity of its citizens?
Jacob Adams
Jacob Adams - 4 dager siden
Damn that was cold
Like it literally gave me chills
N0RRec - 4 dager siden
you sound like you recorded every single word individually and then cut them together :O excellent
video though
kajalvpatel - 4 dager siden
No. don't give them hope.
Reanetse Moleleki
Reanetse Moleleki - 4 dager siden
CGP Machiavelli.
AjarTadpole7202 - 4 dager siden
Ok but what if my dream isn't to act on the throne but to act on the rules of the throne
G.I. Geno
G.I. Geno - 4 dager siden
Conclusion: FTW
G.I. Geno
G.I. Geno - 4 dager siden
Become a locksmith,
No keys necessary
J B - 4 dager siden
Tldr; cash rules everything around me.
Ritro BLAZER - 4 dager siden
So slow today
Dandy Noble
Dandy Noble - 5 dager siden
This does completely disregard the power of numbers. Though populations of nations tend to disregard it as well, so it's not unfit to do so.
WTFYI - 5 dager siden
This is for the record.
How democracy fell in America is due to "a resource that dwarfs the productivity of the citizens".
What resource you wondered? Slaves. 1.3 billion of those.
Over 1 billion people in the region starting with alphabet "C" have annual income below one grand, regardless of their hard work. The dictatorship of a certain party starting with alphabet "C" exploited them for over 70 years. In the past decade or two, quote on quote big companies have also joined the "business". The treasure coming from exploiting peasants dwarfs taxing "demanding free citizens".
This is a reckoning, for sins of ignoring the exploit for the past few decades.
Welcome to dystopia.
Matt Pinkerton
Matt Pinkerton - 5 dager siden
This is basically a Crusader Kings 3 tutorial
Ricardo Alves
Ricardo Alves - 5 dager siden
once a year i come to this video! 5th time ! always leave depressed!
177SCmaro - 5 dager siden
The most prolific, harmful, and destructive belief ever is the belief in the right to rule, the religion of statism.
Joao Vidal
Joao Vidal - 5 dager siden
this is so sad
LaCyclone - 5 dager siden
This video is important
Marinelli Bros Podcast
Marinelli Bros Podcast - 5 dager siden
Kim John Un: So cute.
bowlmart - 5 dager siden
was that Altis from ARMA 3 at the start?
Bara J
Bara J - 5 dager siden
DoTheDouglas - 6 dager siden
Hail Aladeen 0:25.
Ali Youshauddin
Ali Youshauddin - 6 dager siden
101Crock - 6 dager siden
So, I just had a very horrific thought. If a company made robots that could entirely replace their workforce without rebellion, then that company would become ruler of everywhere.
Think about it, none of their wealth comes from their citizens, and if the machines are sufficiently advanced, then they don’t have to worry about key supporters. Thus they can expand their operations indefinitely, or at least until they reach the limit imposed by resource extraction.
Such a thing could be a glittering utopia, or a despotic hell hole depending on who was in charge of the company.
101Crock - 4 dager siden
@Weromano Oh, you naive fool. If you truly believe that, then I suggest you look at the state of economic inequality in modern democracies. The principle of people want more won't go away, it's just that the people who already have the most will be unopposed.
Weromano - 5 dager siden
what if the democratic state itself took the place of the company? Wouldn’t all citizens get the same share of the products?
Muhannad X
Muhannad X - 6 dager siden
This how Dictator and Criminal Ruthless Assad ruled Syria before The Revolution.
Cylemons - 5 dager siden
Backed by foreign powers 😉
anta baka
anta baka - 6 dager siden
And of course this now immediately on my recommendations
N Hietala
N Hietala - 6 dager siden
This is an excellent video. It makes me nauseated, and it hurts.
Vladimir Pustynskiy
Vladimir Pustynskiy - 6 dager siden
For all possible shortcomings, a "benevolent dictatorship" would still be far more effective at improving the quality of life in its country, citing the USSR as an example.
The "democracy" part only makes it painfully clear that the people only get what they want if the ruling class wants the same.
Vladimir Pustynskiy
Vladimir Pustynskiy - 3 dager siden
@Rmma One one hand, there is vast improvement in quality of life in every aspect under USSR (education, healthcare, industry and so on) and economic growth unparalleled in Russian history. You might also notice that the political elites got a lot less out of this than they could as "absolute rulers" of the world's second superpower. On the other hand, there is a million or so in purges (I can explain how I got this number, but one or two million is the upper reasonable estimate). The balance is up to you to decide.
Rmma - 3 dager siden
Are you seriously calling the USSR benovolent?
FollowtheLucario - 6 dager siden
The more I play crusader kings, the more sense this video makes
SH K - 6 dager siden
But how to transition from dictatorship to democracy?
Bennett Carlson
Bennett Carlson - 3 dager siden
Education and increasing productivity of citizens will at least make it more democratic A leader will not hurt their citizens if the wealth comes from them directly
Abdi - 7 dager siden
Thank you, now I will take over SOMALIA 🇸🇴!!!
Unity - 7 dager siden
Entire video: be selfish and give monies to people that give you more power cause otherwise you won’t rule for long even if you give all the monies in the world to your people
Lazer eyed Whale
Lazer eyed Whale - 7 dager siden
wait thats altis
Lazer eyed Whale
Lazer eyed Whale - 6 dager siden
@Downstream01 My guess is that he did play some arma
Downstream01 - 6 dager siden
Wonder if he's played Arma. Would be a pretty big coincidence to grab a map of Limnos.
Noah Andrews
Noah Andrews - 7 dager siden
Not this video making me an anarchist
Hontas Farmer
Hontas Farmer - 7 dager siden
What this video says from 14:04 really makes me think. Hmmmm maybe shutting down businesses and schools and not giving people healthcare for free or a UBI at least for the duration of the shutdown played a HUGE part in the Unrest from this past summer up to and including 1/6. That maybe it's too neat easy and clean to say its all about one man. One loud mouth is the whole entire reason that people were willing to do what they did.
Watch On YouTube
Watch On YouTube - 7 dager siden
The rule for rulers is:
Be equal. Be straight. Be a ruler.
Vaughn Imperial
Vaughn Imperial - 7 dager siden
I need this to rule a kingdom on a minecraft server lol
John Harrison
John Harrison - 7 dager siden
14:45 was Jan 6th failed Coup
Jose S
Jose S - 2 dager siden
14:53 is more like it
Desiree C
Desiree C - 7 dager siden
Here after the attack on the american capitol
DARC - 7 dager siden
Then there is mr.beast
Seanna Monroe
Seanna Monroe - 8 dager siden
Who's watching a few days after the Congress riot? Timely video
Daniel Woodall
Daniel Woodall - 8 dager siden
Right here, FBI buddy!
Ornado - 8 dager siden
Stopped after 4 seconds i don't think i'd ever want to rule. I'm not the leader type more the advisor type. I will watch and guide, but will never lead, unless its the apoclypse in which case im either A. The head of the only orphanage or B. Leader of a Raider Gang that will 100% rule on violence. If i'm not either of those things i died OR someone else is leading.
RaYze dark
RaYze dark - 8 dager siden
anyone else notice altis at 0:03?
Kamanashis Kar
Kamanashis Kar - 8 dager siden
Rules for Rulers 4: Rulers as CEOs
Floater88 - 8 dager siden
I just noticed the gold coins were bitcoins.
Blade 7Y
Blade 7Y - 8 dager siden
It is terrible to realise that all people want to be happy (by money, power or others), and in fact the best way to reach it is the cooperation, but all people choose competition because they are afraid that other people might have chosen competition.
And if someone want cooperation and the other one competition, the second one will won.
Bastian Revazov
Bastian Revazov - 8 dager siden
use the school suply ruler

it doenst rule anything but measures
Mike M44
Mike M44 - 8 dager siden
Cuba revolution fought its military dictatorship that was supplied by the US and won.. so there is that.. does not fit your poor peasants cannot rise up theory.
TOXIK GAMES - 8 dager siden
Seth Gowen
Seth Gowen - 8 dager siden
Rules for thee, not for me. The People must have true representation in the government. Revolution deserves to happen to any government who fails to represent its citizens correctly.
Kamanashis Kar
Kamanashis Kar - 8 dager siden
0:03. The map looks like Hong Kong.
Jeremy Chase
Jeremy Chase - 8 dager siden
William Pennington
William Pennington - 8 dager siden
Shortly after the part where it was basically said to be useless to give treasure to the citizens I felt the video turn into a hot mess.
William Pennington
William Pennington - 4 dager siden
@Sword of Tauberg I'm not sure you and I believe in the same thing. It felt like sandpaper listening to your explanation.
Sword of Tauberg
Sword of Tauberg - 5 dager siden
Well, that part is about a dictator giving their citizens treasure. Which makes sense if you are trying to keep them weak enough to stave off revolt, but strong enough to extract resources.
GoKu San
GoKu San - 8 dager siden
Or you know you could just pull a puton and cheat
Vizquitz - 8 dager siden
I have the excuse of watching this cause I had no idea what I was doing in Tropico 6
Karen Neely
Karen Neely - 9 dager siden
Jimmy Dore sent me..excellent recommendation
White Darkne22
White Darkne22 - 9 dager siden
Let's try anarchy
Donald Nguyen
Donald Nguyen - 9 dager siden
What if I just kill everyone?
Joe H.S
Joe H.S - 9 dager siden
“Using the people’s protest they let happen to do it”
Well this is relevant after the capital riots
TW Wolf
TW Wolf - 9 dager siden
Wow, this is almost a bit scary, ESPECIALLY watching this in Jan 2021 after seeing the western world go to hell in the last few years.
Incredible work CGP!
TW Wolf
TW Wolf - 3 dager siden
@Rmma It's funny that you mention death because thanks to the inept populist leaders the UK is currently rocking 95,000 excess deaths in the year 2020, and America is at 225,000 and just had a riot in the Capitol building leading to several deaths as well. Kinda looks like 'death' is an accurate term from where I'm standing.
Rmma - 3 dager siden
A populist wave is not the death of the west, people need to calm down.
JTishere - 9 dager siden
did... did he just teach us how to be a dictator?
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton - 9 dager siden
Thanks for this, Grey.
General Grievous
General Grievous - 10 dager siden
0:03 anyone played Arma 3?
aka Iron
aka Iron - 10 dager siden
Grey's notes on the leader being overthrown by the people only when the army lets them was one of the first things that came to mind when I was watching what was going on in US a couple days ago.
Does anyone really think that people managed to invade Capitol Building without (some of) the riot police letting them in? Sure, there were instances of police taking selfies with the invaders, and they were mentioned in some coverages on this topic, but in my opinion the riot police played a much bigger role in this than what the media outlets give them credit.
El MashableIce
El MashableIce - 8 dager siden
Well said.
Dwayne Thomas
Dwayne Thomas - 10 dager siden
Interesting to watch this video (starting at 14:14) play out the other day.
dongxipunata - 10 dager siden
I returned here for exactly this part.
Du da
Du da - 10 dager siden
8:05 this rule isn't a thing in most democracies lol. It's highly undemocratic and therefore the US needs to get rid of this immediately. Why do you teach this as if it was something normal and harmless? It's terrible.
Historian Delorian
Historian Delorian - 10 dager siden
Napoleon saw this structure, and took the treasure needed from those he defecated.
Thor - 10 dager siden
Omg Elections are not real have we not learned that yet
Captain Kathryn Janeway
Captain Kathryn Janeway - 10 dager siden
"The people only storm the palace when the army lets you"
This aged like a fine wine. I hate wine.
ZwoJack - Dag siden
Given how some guards did let those terrorists in..
Deborah Smith
Deborah Smith - 2 dager siden
that's exactly why i've watched the video again. that one line. 14:12 but instead of the court replacing the king, the king tried to replace the court.
James Commins
James Commins - 3 dager siden
Well there has to be an army there to stop them in the first place.
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton - 4 dager siden
Oh... man. Looks like the trolls found CGP Grey. 🤦‍♂️
kajalvpatel - 4 dager siden
angusiasty - 10 dager siden
You officially won my best video watched in 2020 award :) Keep up the GREAT work!
Miguel Baltazar
Miguel Baltazar - 10 dager siden
Sorry, I don't speak Minecraft Multiplayer. I speak Lonely Minecraft (Singleplayer), so I don't need a guide for ruling a country because I am alone.