In political science, democracy and dictatorship are presented as polar opposites, while oligarchy is somewhere in between. The problem with not being able to see Mordor as a dictatorship stems from two stereotypes. The first is that a dictatorship is of one person as opposed to a cabal of dictators. The second is that dictatorships are political as opposed to economic. When we think of a dictatorship as a cabal and economic rule, the picture changes. When we consider that for the last 70 years between 45-50% of the people don’t vote and the growing size of the prison population, we have every reason to say we live in a dictatorship.