In a letter to an ordinary citizen President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote
... dictatorial systems make one contribution to their people which leads them to tend to support such systems — freedom from the necessity of informing themselves and making up their own minds concerning these tremendous complex and difficult questions.
The authoritarian follower, Eisenhower suggested, desired nothing more than insulation from the pressures of a free society.
I suspect that that is very true.
Link to NYT article.