Political obscurantism

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Obscurantism is a political philosophy which holds that rulers should withhold information from the ruled for the good of society.

Historical adherents of this philosophy have included:

  • Benito Mussolini -- see Wikipedia: "[Mussolini] sympathized with Machiavelli's negative conception of most people as tending to be self-centred and unethical [...and] like Machiavelli, claimed that populations were unfit to govern themselves, and that they needed leadership to direct their lives."
  • Leo Strauss -- Straussianism is a form of obscurantism
  • Machiavelli