The presence of opposition in some form must be seen as an inherent feature of all systems. Even today, reactionary bourgeois politicians and ideologists attempt to use the concept of totalitarianism for anticommunist purposes. The doctrine of totalitarianism is currenty discredited in the eyes of the masses and has lost its influence in the West; However, the main characteristics of totalitarian rule compared with previous forms of absolute Until the abolition of the office in 44 B. C., Rome had 88 dictators.
.. Dissent is systematically suppressed and people terrorized by a secret police. Curtis, ed., Totalitarianism (1979); Autocracies through the ages have attempted to exercise control over the lives of their subjects, by whatever means were available to them, including the use of secret police and military force. A pupil and friend of Socrates.
K. Totalitarianism was most widely accepted when fascism was developing as a result of the general crisis of capitalism; Bourgeois liberal ideologists used the conceptual framework of totalitarianism to make a critical evaluation of the fascist regimes. During the cold war, anticommunist propaganda referred to socialist states as totalitarian, slanderously equating them with fascist states and opposing them to democratic, free Subsequently, the decline in Soviet centralization after Stalin, research into Nazism revealing significant inefficiency and improvisation, and the Soviet collapse may have reduced the utility of the concept to that of an ideal or abstract type. Thus, the ejido system of the indigenous people of Mexico and the property-and-work system of the Inca were both communist,
.. The party is generally led by a dictator dictator,
originally a Roman magistrate appointed to rule the state in times of emergency; German National Socialism National Socialism
doctrines and policies of the National Socialist German Workers' party, which ruled Germany under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945.
.. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. M. For example, the chaos that followed in the wake of World War I allowed or encouraged the establishment of totalitarian regimes in Russia, Italy, and Germany, while the sophistication of modern weapons and communications enabled them to extend and consolidate their power. See E. Oriental despotism thesis. Click the link for more information., on the other hand, attempted to establish the superiority of the so-called Aryan race. Despite the many differences among totalitarian states, they have several characteristics in common, of which the two most important are: Fromm, Escape from Freedom (1941, repr. 1960); Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1958, new ed. 1966); And the suppression of dissent, especially during times of crisis, often occurs in democracies as well. In both, those in authority have a monopoly on the use of the nation's military power and on certain forms of mass communication; Buchheim, Totalitarian Rule (1962, tr. 1987); Early Life
Marx's father, a lawyer, converted from Judaism to Lutheranism in 1824.
.. A Conceptual Approach (1985); It became the official ideology of fascist Germany and Italy. In modern usage, an absolutist or autocratic ruler who assumes extraconstitutional powers. Therefore, totalitarianism is, historically, a recent phenomenon. By the 1960s there was a sharp decline in the concept's popularity among scholars.
Gleason, Totalitarianism (1995). Benjamin Barber's (1969) assertion that the term has been a conceptual harlot belonging to no one but at the service of all, may be correct. However, even this distinction can be taken too far, if the assumption is made that no forms of opposition exist or can ever be effective in totalitarian systems. The party leadership maintains monopoly control over the governmental system, which includes the police, military, communications, and economic and education systems. C. A. Friedrich and Z. From 501 B. C. S. Click the link for more information. and totalitarianism, as forms of the modern state, share many characteristics. Life and Works
Rousseau was born at Geneva, the son of a Calvinist watchmaker.
.. Various totalitarian systems, however, have different ideological goals. The struggle against the ideology and practice of totalitarianism is one of the most important tasks facing the communist movement and Marxist-Leninist social science. V. From about 388 B.
.. Soper, Totalitarianism: In non-totalitarian regimes, of course, such a totalizing tendency is offset by the institutionalized acceptance of political opposition. Click the link for more information. and, typically, participation in politics, especially voting, is compulsory. Plato's teachings have been among the most influential in the history of Western civilization. Brezinski, Totalitarian Dictatorship and Autocracy (2d ed. 1967); Click the link for more information. Jean Jacques Rousseau Rousseau, Jean Jacques
, 1712 78, Swiss-French philosopher, author, political theorist, and composer. Moreover, one-party systems are found in some nontotalitarian states, as are government-controlled economies and dictators. There is no single cause for the growth of totalitarian tendencies. Or despotic rule, and in comparison with most modern forms of democratic government, are clear. They included Hobbes ( the state is a Leviathan ) and Hegel.
After pursuing the liberal studies of his day, he became in 407 B. C. For example, of the states most commonly described as totalitarian the Soviet Union under Stalin, Nazi Germany, and the People's Republic of China under Mao the Communist regimes of the Soviet Union and China sought the universal fulfillment of humankind through the establishment of a classless society (see communism communism,
fundamentally, a system of social organization in which property (especially real property and the means of production) is held in common. In addition, constitutional democracy democracy
[Gr., =rule of the people], term originating in ancient Greece to designate a government where the people share in directing the activities of the state, as distinct from governments controlled by a single class, select group, or autocrat.
.. Click the link for more information. Compare. a school of bourgeois political thought that justifies statism and authoritarianism. They are outlined by Friedrich (1954) as follows: Such a system thus possesses means of and terror on a scale simply unavailable to premodern regimes (compare, ), the use of which it justifies on grounds of national interest, and in terms of general ideologies, including, AND. (As Tolstoy prophetically observed, imagine Genghis Khan with a telephone. ) Because of these ideologies, and since totalitarianism is often based on which may enjoy wide support, it will rarely survive if based on force alone. It is in the sharpness of the distinction often drawn between modern forms of totalitarianism and other modern forms of democratic government that the difficulties lie in use of the concept. J. Furthermore, in totalitarian as well as non-totalitarian regimes, it is an ideology of democracy, in the sense of the rule of the many, that acts as a justification for the requirement for involvement and support that exists in both types of regime. Click the link for more information., and Karl Marx Marx, Karl,
1818 83, German social philosopher, the chief theorist of modern socialism and communism. The existence of an ideology that addresses all aspects of life and outlines means to attain the final goal, and a single mass party through which the people are mobilized to muster energy and support. One reason why too sharp a distinction is misplaced is that a totalizing tendency, including the use of general systems of surveillance, exists as a feature of all modern states. P ECHATNOVAll content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. Use of the term has often been heavily overladen with ideology, and often associated with sweeping evaluation rather than careful description and analysis. However, only with modern technology have governments acquired the means to control society; Societies. However, the sharpening of social contradictions in capitalist countries is reviving totalitarian, fascist tendencies. Click the link for more information. ); Various philosophers in the past have viewed the state as an all-encompassing entity; H. But the emergence of totalitarian forms of government is probably more the result of specific historical forces. O. P. There may be theoretical roots in the collectivist political theories of Plato Plato
, 427? 347 B. C., Greek philosopher.