. wik Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. 120226
unhinged 'democracy is not, as these christo-fascists claim, the enemy of faith. democracy keeps religious faith in the private sphere, ensuring that ll believers have an equal measure of protection and practice mutual tolerance. democracy sets no religious ideal. it simply ensures coexistence. it permits the individual to avoid being subsumed by the crowd - the chief goal of totalitarianism, which seeks to tell all citizens what to believe, how to behave and how to speak. the call to obliterate the public and the private wall that keeps faith the prerogative of the individual means the obliteration of democracy. once this wall between church and state, or party and state, is torn down, there is an open and subtle warfare against love, which in an open society is another exclusive prerogative of the individual. in the totalitarian world, there are those worth of love and those unworthy of it. in the totalitarian world, the private sphere becomes the concern of the state. this final restriction of the freedom to love - the freedom of a christian to love a muslim or the freedom to love those branded by the state as the enemy - heralds the death of the open society. the promises of christian harmony, unity, happiness - in short a utopia - held forth by the dominionists have a seductive quality that will never be countered by the tepid offering of democrats, who at best can offer citizens the opportunity to seek their own happiness and construct their own meaning.' - chris hedges 171203
unhinged 'totalitarian states uses propaganda to orchestra historical amnesia, a state-induced stupidity. the object is to make sure the populace does nt remember that it means to be free. and once a population does not remember that it means to be free, it does not react when freedom is stripped from it.' - chris hedges 171207
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