|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: Left-wing Anti-Semitism was the driving force behind Nazism; Communism in the cases of the Soviet Union and China, Progressivism in Cuba and North Korea; 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.
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.
- Nazi Fascism and the Modern Totalitarian State - explains difference between left and right wing, but mistakenly groups both Nazism and fascism as "right-wing" ideologies when both were actually left-wing.
- (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.
- "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 more examples of liberals explaining how Socialism really isn't Socialism after it's implemented and fails:
- The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt ISBN 0-15-670153-7