Public Law & Legal Theory
Tyrannophobia—the fear of dictatorship—is a dominant theme in American political discourse. Yet dictatorship has never existed in the United States or even been likely. The hypothesis that tyrannophobia itself has prevented dictatorship from occurring is implausible; better evidence exists for alternative hypotheses. We conclude that tyrannophobia is an irrational political attitude that has interfered with, and continues to interfere with, needed institutional reform.
Eric Posner & Adrian Vermeule, "Tyrannophobia" (University of Chicago Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper No. 276, 2009).