We will not get a classic dictator in the West again for quite some time. Unfortunately, the dictator concept has been replaced by something far worse. Shadowy collectives with hidden agendas. As least Hitler didn't hide his intentions. It was all out there. Our modern worldwide media-controlling versions smile a lot and pretend to be doing stuff for the good of mankind. But they aint. There are killing people in their millions by proxy.
I would rather be dealing with a lunatic dictator to be honest. At least its clear who the enemy is. We have no idea who our enemies are nowadays.
Agreed, overt direction vs covert discretion. Same goes for society. People believe we are free because we can go to the freaking movies but we are just as much as slaves nonetheless only we have to pay for transportation and shelter. Our modern day circus and bread is video games, pornography and reality shows. I can't speak for other countries but I know for a fact that in the past 10 years or so that the US is resembling a police state more and more depending on what class you belong to.
"Let them see that their words can cut you, and you'll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can't hurt you with it anymore." - Tyrion Lannister