elements of totalitarianism

January 13, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Political Science, Government
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ELEMENTS OF TOTALITARIANISM Totalitarianism- government control over every aspect of public and private life.

Terror • Use terror and violence to force obedience • Police spy, intimidate citizens, may use force or even


Indoctrination • Mold people’s minds • Government control of education- glorify

leaders and policies • Stress complete loyalty and support • Begins in young children

Propaganda and Censorship • Totalitarian states spread propaganda – biased or

incomplete information – to sway people to accept certain beliefs or actions • Control of all mass media allows this to happen • No publication, film, art, or music is allowed to exist without the

permission of the state

• Citizens are surrounded with false information that

appears to be true • Suggesting that information is incorrect is considered an act of treason and severely punished • Individuals who dissent must retract their work, or they are

imprisoned or killed

Religious or Ethnic Persecution • Totalitarian leaders often create “enemies of the state” to

blame for things that go wrong • Frequently these enemies are members of religious or ethnic groups • Often these groups are easily identified and are subjected to

campaigns of terror and violence

• People may be forced to live in certain areas or subjected

to rules that apply only to them

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