The heyday of ability of leaders to dictate to followers was pre-radio, that is with newspapers the only form of news dissemination, and in the hands of the economic and political elite. Radio itself led to democracy, as a history of the small Eastern Caribbean countries will attest. So much more, now with internet and so forth. The days of the rabbi dictating is doomed as of the point a sizable minority can go online.
Jordan foreign minister says to speak with Kerry on Israel-Palestinian conflict (Reuters)
from the article: The ultra-Orthodox arrived en masse