He was a master salesman, megalomaniac, and Orwellian doublespeak artist. While paying lip service to “the people,” he relied on cronyism and secrecy to enrich himself and his inner circle. His empire eventually collapsed, leaving the country in ruins, and himself alone behind his lavish villa. Before Trump, there was Gelli; before the current real estate/Exxon/Russian cartel, there was P2. This is how a corrupt autocracy happens – attack the press, corrupt the government, compromise the judiciary, use the police and intelligence forces to spy on and discredit the opposition, and if need be, kill it.