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| style="padding:15px;" |''"Men must be governed by [[God]] or they will be ruled by [[Tyranny|tyrants]]."''  
 
| style="padding:15px;" |''"Men must be governed by [[God]] or they will be ruled by [[Tyranny|tyrants]]."''  
<div style="padding-left:40px;">&mdash; [[William Penn]]<ref>{{cite book |title=The marketing of evil: How radicals, elitists, and pseudo-experts sell us corruption disguised as freedom |author=David Kupelian |publisher=WND Books |year=2005 |pages=176 |isbn=978-1-58182-459-9 |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=kQpXAAAAYAAJ}}</ref>  </div>
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<div style="padding-left:40px;">&mdash; [[William Penn]]<ref>{{cite book |title=The marketing of evil: How radicals, elitists, and pseudo-experts sell us corruption disguised as freedom |au bythor=David Kupelian |publisher=WND Books |year=2005 |pages=176 |isbn=978-1-58182-459-9 |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=kQpXAAAAYAAJ}}</ref>  </div>
 
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'''Totalitarianism''' is a political ideology which dictates the supremacy of the state over the individual freedoms of its citizens. A totalitarian state usually requires a defining ideology with which to justify its appropriation of the levers of power: extreme nationalism was the driving force behind [[National Socialism|Nazism]]; [[Marxism]] in the case of the Soviet Union; and [[Islam]] in the case of a [[theocracy]] such as [[Iran]]. [[China]] offers an interesting example of a totalitarian regime that has abandoned the practical ramifications of its ideology (Marxism), whilst retaining the power structures thus derived.  
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'''Totalitarianism''' is a political ideology which dictates the supremacy of the state over the individual freedoms of its citizens. A totalitarian state usually requires a defining ideology with which to justify its appropriation of the levers of power: extreme nationalism was the driving force behind [[National Socialism|Nazism]]; [[Marxism]] in the case of the Soviet Union; [[Progressivism]] in [[Cuba]];<ref>"the draft constitution will be approved in the coming months, making Cuba one of the most progressive nations in the Americas," ''NYT'' Op-ed, 5/3/18.</ref> [[Democratic Socialism]] in [[North Korea]];<ref>3 more examples of liberals explaining how Socialism realy isn't Socialism after it's implemented and fails: <br>*https://www.reference.com/government-politics/list-democratic-socialist-countries-9984c4803ba6d172<br>*https://medium.com/@zacherriges/democratic-socialism-vs-social-democracy-12ea49450cd7<br>*https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/democratic-socialism-bernie-sanders-social-democracy-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/</ref> and [[Islam]] in the case of a [[theocracy]] such as [[Iran]]. Other examples include Saparmurat Niyazov's regime in [[Turkmenistan]].  [[China]] offers an example of a totalitarian regime that has embraced state-run [[capitalism]] whilst retaining a socialist [[bureaucracy]] and power structure.  
  
 
Such states are characterized by the extent of their subversion of the rule of law, with the police and judiciary acting as direct instruments of control and providing no meaningful check or balance upon the ruling elite. Media outlets are subordinated to faithful promotion of the defining ideology and, as the state matures, this tends to be reinforced with coordinated programs of indoctrination within the education system. Dissent is often brutally repressed (see [[torture]]) and extrajudicial killings are common. Other common features include the fostering of a personality cult around the head of state and rampant corruption due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws and statutes.
 
Such states are characterized by the extent of their subversion of the rule of law, with the police and judiciary acting as direct instruments of control and providing no meaningful check or balance upon the ruling elite. Media outlets are subordinated to faithful promotion of the defining ideology and, as the state matures, this tends to be reinforced with coordinated programs of indoctrination within the education system. Dissent is often brutally repressed (see [[torture]]) and extrajudicial killings are common. Other common features include the fostering of a personality cult around the head of state and rampant corruption due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws and statutes.
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Arendt was one of the first to suggest that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were two sides of the same [[left-wing]] coin rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left.<ref>''The Origins of Totalitarianism'' by [[Hannah Arendt]] ISBN 0-15-670153-7</ref>
 
Arendt was one of the first to suggest that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were two sides of the same [[left-wing]] coin rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left.<ref>''The Origins of Totalitarianism'' by [[Hannah Arendt]] ISBN 0-15-670153-7</ref>
  
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George Orwell said, "The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.
 
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A '''totalitarian state''' is a state in which the government rules all aspects, both public and private, of its citizen's lives.  Examples of totalitarian states in recent history include the [[Soviet Union|USSR]], Germany under the [[Nazi Party]], China, Iran, [[North Korea]], and [[Saparmurat Niyazov]]'s regime in [[Turkmenistan]].
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God vs. tyrants
"Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants."

Totalitarianism is a political ideology which dictates the supremacy of the state over the individual freedoms of its citizens. A totalitarian state usually requires a defining ideology with which to justify its appropriation of the levers of power: extreme nationalism was the driving force behind Nazism; Marxism in the case of the Soviet Union; Progressivism in Cuba;[2] Democratic Socialism in North Korea;[3] and Islam in the case of a theocracy such as Iran. Other examples include Saparmurat Niyazov's regime in Turkmenistan. China offers an example of a totalitarian regime that has embraced state-run capitalism whilst retaining a socialist bureaucracy and power structure.

Such states are characterized by the extent of their subversion of the rule of law, with the police and judiciary acting as direct instruments of control and providing no meaningful check or balance upon the ruling elite. Media outlets are subordinated to faithful promotion of the defining ideology and, as the state matures, this tends to be reinforced with coordinated programs of indoctrination within the education system. Dissent is often brutally repressed (see torture) and extrajudicial killings are common. Other common features include the fostering of a personality cult around the head of state and rampant corruption due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws and statutes.

Arendt was one of the first to suggest that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were two sides of the same left-wing coin rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left.[4]

George Orwell said, "The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

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References

  1. (2005) The marketing of evil: How radicals, elitists, and pseudo-experts sell us corruption disguised as freedom. WND Books, 176. ISBN 978-1-58182-459-9. 
  2. "the draft constitution will be approved in the coming months, making Cuba one of the most progressive nations in the Americas," NYT Op-ed, 5/3/18.
  3. 3 more examples of liberals explaining how Socialism realy isn't Socialism after it's implemented and fails:
    *https://www.reference.com/government-politics/list-democratic-socialist-countries-9984c4803ba6d172
    *https://medium.com/@zacherriges/democratic-socialism-vs-social-democracy-12ea49450cd7
    *https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/democratic-socialism-bernie-sanders-social-democracy-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/
  4. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt ISBN 0-15-670153-7