He ought to show himself to his subjects in the light, not of a tyrant, but of a steward and a king
A tyrant should also endeavor to know what each of his subjects says or does, and should employ spies […] and […] eavesdroppers […] [T]he fear of informers prevents people from speaking their minds, and if they do, they are more easily found out.
to sow quarrels among the citizens; friends should be embroiled with friends, the people with the notables [the rich]
Another practice of tyrants is to multiply taxes. . . [and] impoverish his subjects; he thus provides against the maintenance of a guard by the citizen and the people, having to keep hard at work, are prevented from conspiring.
is also fond of making war in order that his subjects may have something to do and be always in want of a leader.
It is characteristic of a tyrant to dislike everyone who has dignity or independence; he wants to be alone in his glory, but anyone who claims a like dignity or asserts his independence encroaches upon his perogative, and is hated by him as an enemy to his power.
No freeman, if he can escape from [tyranny], will endure such a government.
Sound like anyone you know?