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Ideas for future expansion

  • coining of the term "totalitarian"
  • degree of control needed to qualify as "totalitarian"
  • totalitarian twins
  • Leftist objections to usage of the term "totalitarian"

The parallel article at Wikipedia suffers from editwaritis. --Ed Poor 09:37, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

Saudi Arabia

Monarchy, surely? Granted Wahabism prevails, but it's the King who's boss, not the imams. --Robledo 16:12, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

They do have a religious police, lashes are still lawful punishment, Islamic polygamy is allowed, women are restricted form obtaining a driver's license.

Yes, there is a king, but the last king was a fundamentalist Muslim, his son has promised progress and reforms but so far we haven't seen a lot.


Agreed. But the key test is in the actual balance of power between the king/princes and the religious authorities. My suggestion is this: at the moment, the religious authorities have power because of the royal family. If at any time they fancied ridding themselves of a few turbulent priests, as it were, then they could do exactly that.

The day I see a Saudi prince dragged before the religious authorities for some Sharia transgression, is the day I'll say, yes, Saudi Arabia is a true theocracy. I don't see it happening any time soon, fella. --Robledo 11:30, 12 May 2007 (EDT)