Step 1: Dictator is a Machiavellian genius who controls his people by carefully pulling the strings on various levers in the body politic. His people are permanently cowed.
Step 2: The people rise up.
Step 3: The dictator is an irredeemable mental case clearly out of touch with what’s going on—his continued rule is to be counted in minutes, if not days…
Such are the mystical foundations of authority.