How to recognize a dystopia - Alex Gendler

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


An oligarchy is a system in which a few people control the majority of the resources and power in a society. This usually happens when there is a lack of democracy or when the government is controlled by a few powerful people.

  • The oligarchy in the country is bad because it's controlled by a few rich people.
  • The oligarchy in the school is good because the teachers are able to have control over the curriculum.

A tyrannical ruler is a ruler who is not afraid to use violence or force to get what he or she wants. They often rule without the consent of the people, and they can be very cruel.

  • The dictator was a tyrannical ruler who used violence to get his way.
  • The ruler was tyrannical in the way that he treated the people under his rule.