Through propaganda designed to manipulate fear, hatred, and other potent base emotions, the totalitarian state and its controlling oligarchy seek to enlist the subjects as collaborators in their own enslavement and psychological reconstruction.
George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Ayn Rand, and other gifted writers have created fictional dystopias that illustrate totalitarian methods at work.
If Gahl wants to look for examples of totalitarian
thought police censoring public debate, he need look no further than his own backyard in Rome where he teaches.
If shopkeepers and others suddenly stopped observing the rituals, and instead spoke and acted freely, he predicted (with unnerving accuracy), "The entire pyramid of totalitarian power, deprived of the element that binds it together, would collapse in upon itself, as it were, in a kind of material implosion.
In a society seeking moral footing after 50 years of totalitarian rot, Havel found Klaus' public manners personally appalling and potentially combustible.
The triumphalism of the New World Order is akin to every other kind of twentieth century totalitarian
propaganda: it is both an attempt to silence and steamroll all resistance, and an emergency exit from reality.
Indeed, totalitarian governments of the recent past, and some of the present, have sought to use dehumanizing and compulsory psychological controls to manage public opinion and pathologize dissent.
That psychiatry could be a powerful tool of coercion and control was not lost on the dictators and totalitarian regimes of the past century.
We should rightfully be concerned about the influence the Muslim totalitarians are having upon Muslim religious identity, but we should also be aware of alternative efforts.
While Muslim totalitarians discourage or outlaw many Muslim artistic traditions, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) recognizes the central role that culture plays in human and social development.
Soviet ruler Josef Stalin and his totalitarian soul-mate Adolf Hitler employed the "Dear Leader" trope with great success, as did Albania's Enver Hoxha, North Korean dictators Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
As Fleming points out, American intervention prolonged a war that could have ended in a negotiated peace, thereby perhaps preventing the rise of Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini and other totalitarian tyrants who would emulate--and eventually improve upon--the Wilson administration's methods of mass indoctrination.
For example, he writes that cultural historians "explicitly disassociate themselves from the concept of totalitarian
For decades, outsiders pondered what was really going on behind the totalitarian facade.
Unhappily for readers with preconceived notions, Davies finds little societal consensus; neither totalitarian nor revisionist will find here confirmation of predominant antipathy toward or support for the regime.