Absolutism (Political)

Absolutism refers to any government where the ruler maintains complete and total power over his subjects making the ruler almost indistinguishable from the state. As Louis XIV of France, the most famous absolute monarch once said, "I am the state!" (L'├ętat, c'est moi!) Absolutist states have ranged from cruel despotism, to enlightened despotism, to theocratic despotism.