A City Guide To Palang for First, as Aristotle observed, what distinguishes the king from the tyrant or despot is that the tyrant rules only in his own interest, while the king has the public good in mind. The king’s serving the public good makes monarchical rule at least minimally political in its ends. Second, as ancient Greek thinkers also maintained, the king, unlike the tyrant, is expected to consult with his subjects, or at least their representative leaders and elite members. He is not supposed to rule arbitrarily. The king’s solicitation and heeding of public opinion makes monarchical rule at least minimally political in its exercise. What differentiates the monarch from the tyrant, then, is that the latter’s rule is based solely on his subjects’ surrender to force, while the former’s rule, though also absolute, is based on his subjects’ compliance with power. Of course, a king or autocrat, like any other political ruler, may deceive the public into believing that he rules in their interest, all the while filling his own coffers. A City Guide To Palang 2016.