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It's a loaded word. We'd best get beyond it. And, in any event, "totalitarianism" as Hannah Arendt, among others, meant it, hasn't existed on earth outside of marginal pockets like North Korea for decades (at least four, and over a half century even for the Soviet Union).
I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from them
"totalitarianism" as Hannah Arendt, among others, meant it, hasn't existed on earth outside of marginal pockets like North Korea for decades...
More ominously for myself and other US citizens, laws passed under Bush after 911 have put similar capabilities on the books for the US Government. Obama, who taught constitutional law, has made no effort to repeal those laws. That they have not been broadly applied to the average citizen is small comfort.
As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
Of course, the line is blurred because if the latter is sufficiently incompetent or rules a sufficiently technologically backwards jurisdiction, it will look a lot like the latter. I'm sure the counter-reformation would have liked to impose a totalitarian rule on their lands. But that just wasn't gonna happen given technological capabilities at the time.
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
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