totalitarianism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n totalitarianism the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
    • n totalitarianism a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
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Quotations

  • Hannah Arendt
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    “Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
  • Bernard-Henri Levy
    Bernard-Henri Levy
    “The only successful revolution of this century is totalitarianism.”

Usage

In literature:

The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
"United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches" by Various
The legal system in these countries is biased against the individual, antiquated and totalitarian.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
The totalitarian state does not recognize personal liberties for the individual.
"Readings on Fascism and National Socialism" by Various
Convince her its governments were evil, totalitarian, when in reality they were democratic?
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
Especially since you're in a jam with a totalitarian government gone wild?
"Equation of Doom" by Gerald Vance
Having seized effective control of the government, the Communists embarked on a program of organizing the state along totalitarian lines.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
He threw out all the old totalitarians, and cast his vote for a pluralistic universe.
"Proclaim Liberty!" by Gilbert Seldes
Modern China faces more than political problems; a totalitarian revolution has engulfed it.
"Government in Republican China" by Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
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In news:

Marking the divide between North Korea's totalitarian Oz and its forgotten cities.
The White House again failed to use the opportunity to make the moral case for freedom over totalitarian oppression.
Drum said I never proved my key point--that I never explained why totalitarian Islam is so grave a threat that liberals should make it central to their worldview.
T he attacks of 9/11 awoke some Americans — by no means all — to the threat posed by totalitarian interpretations of Islam.
The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe.
President Bush, attending the dedication of a memorial to an estimated 100 million victims of communist regimes, yesterday compared the fight against radical Islam to the Cold War battle against totalitarian communism .
Have histories of famines caused by totalitarianism become a distraction to the new politics of hunger.
Totalitarianism, Famine and Us The Nation.
Now some in that country believe Morsi is heading toward the same totalitarian style of government after he altered the constitution to give himself sweeping new powers.
It's always nice to see a totalitarian propaganda show disappoint its sponsors.
'A Totalitarian Sect': A Pro- Kremlin Group Calls to Ban Mormons in Russia.
"This is something you hear about in a country with a totalitarian kind of government, where they have the absolute right to seize homes and property," says Nichols.
The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes announced Vas' death but gave no details.
In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.
Paid For By The Committee For Good-Looking Young People Against Totalitarian Foreigners.
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In science:

The term “access restriction” attaches a negative, totalitarian connot ation to the Cap.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
What we need to do at present it to go beyond these three extremisms, which are the germ of new forms of totalitarianism.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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