"'If I Were Dictator'"

Title"'If I Were Dictator'"
Year for Search1872
Secondary TitleSt. Paul's Magazine
Volume / Edition11
Pagination593-624
Date PublishedNovember 1872
Annotation

Satire in which a sea captain is made dictator of England with absolute powers for six months. Includes proposals for, among other things, gradually eliminating the national debt, reducing expenditures, reducing the number of government employees, reforming the military, reforming the trade in food and drink, and establishing an Anglo-Saxon Confederation among Great Britain, the U. S., Canada, Australasia, and South Africa.

Full Text

1872 “‘If I Were Dictator.’” St. Paul’s Magazine 11 (November 1872): 593-624.

Satire in which a sea captain is made dictator of England with absolute powers for six months. Includes proposals for, among other things, gradually eliminating the national debt, reducing expenditures, reducing the number of government employees, reforming the military, reforming the trade in food and drink, and establishing an Anglo-Saxon Confederation among Great Britain, the U. S., Canada, Australasia, and South Africa.