Megalomania is defined as a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. In today’s world there are too many narcissists to count, yet there are far fewer people that are truly megalomaniacs. Of those that are megalomaniacs, there are even fewer that wind up in a circumstance whereby they can rise to absolute power and have free reign to execute their deranged vision. In the history of the world, however, it seems like there are many examples of how megalomaniacs with the right amount of genius, character and gall can come into power and kill with impunity (i.e.Hitler, Stalin, etc…). In this post we’ll look at the psyche of one of these megalomaniacs: Fidel Castro.
Castro viewed himself as the destiny of Cuba and he was bent on becoming the country’s dictator. There can be little doubt about his brilliance in executing power and his talents in positioning himself to rise to the top. This is especially true with Castro’s understanding of propaganda and using the media to sway public opinion . But, what was not known during his ascent to the top was the lying, bluffing, and deceit he was committing to propel himself. The most striking example of Castro’s hypocrisy has to be his political manifesto titled La Histroria Me Absolverá (History Will Absolve Me). You may recognize the title or it may ring a bell with you; this is because it’s a rip-off from Adolph Hitler’s Rathaus Putsch speech in 1924 when Hitler said “Pronounce us guilty a thousand times over: the goddess of the eternal court of history will smile and tear to pieces the State Prosecutor’s submissions and the court’s verdict; for she acquits us.”