Early on, the Netflix series How to Become a Tyrant posits that history’s most infamous tyrants followed a similar playbook—a series of tactics used to achieve unimaginable power.

It’s a playbook Prof. Waller Newell has spent decades studying. He’s the author of two books on tyranny for Cambridge University Press and has a new book, Tyranny and Revolution: Rousseau to Heidegger, due out this year.

Prof. Waller Newell

“They probably typed ‘tyranny’ into Google and popped me up,” jokes Newell, who is a professor of both political science and philosophy. “I was flown to New York in June 2020 to record my segments. Being Netflix, I was quite excited about it.”

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