Totalitarian State


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Totalitarian State

 

an imperialist, authoritarian, bourgeois state exercising total centralized control over all aspects of society. Totalitarian states and regimes are characterized by their control of all legal organizations and their use of discretionary powers not limited by law; also characteristic of such states and regimes are the suppression of democratic organizations, the abolition of constitutional rights and freedoms, the militarization of society, and the repression of progressive forces and differing viewpoints. Fascist Germany and Italy were totalitarian states.

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One has only to consider the situation in a totalitarian state to see extremes of both.
Now, before someone urges me to "calm down, dear", the sacking of a TV host doesn't mean we're heading for a totalitarian state but it is worrying.
It is as if Smith assumes a twentieth-century anti-utopian novel ought to have described a totalitarian State.
The mere thought that Britain should succumb to surveillance on such a scale would have brought immediate comparisons to the worst excesses of the totalitarian state envisaged by George Orwell in 1984.
This state of affairs is proof positive that Canada is now, in some regards, already a totalitarian state.
Whether it is the middle-aged junk dealer who manages to form a human connection with aliens just before they leave of a lonely father in the middle of a decaying totalitarian state, Doctorow's viewpoint character is always the single best choice to show us how these possible futures resonate with the same loves, anxieties, and hopes of the present.
They know that the first thing a totalitarian state does is spy on its citizens.
s The Guardian, British playwright Tom Stoppard, who has advocated in support of the Free Theatre, criticized Belarus authorities, saying, "One had hoped that the days when artists were arrested for free expression were buried with totalitarian states, but Belarus is as close to a totalitarian state as you can get in Europe.
People have to stop interfering with the freedom of choice in this country before it becomes a totalitarian state.
Without the American military, we could live in a totalitarian state.
The proposals made national headlines, but the full council decided the ban "went too far", and was like something from George Orwell's grim novel about a totalitarian state.
For my money, V for Vendetta's warmed-over 1984 plot is the height of bogusness, a story that congratulates itself for daring to stand against a rightwing totalitarian state so over the top that nobody would support it in the first place.