Friday, September 18, 2009

Totalitarianism index.

I've been going back and forth on this, on whether totalitarianism is a thing in and of itself or whether it's a variant of Fascism. Currently, I'm contradicting myself in that I believe that it's a tendency that societies can exhibit rather than a discrete form of society itself. So, for instance, we can talk about how totalitarian the United States is in comparison to other countries.

I think that the best definition of totalitarianism was given by Mussolini, who declared that his society would embody the total state, that is everything, every club, every civil association, everything having to do with religion, every political grouping, every business, every union, would be part of the State, which would contain all of them. Many totalitarian regimes have dispensed with the rhetoric of all of it being united specifically in a State, but have kept the idea of a total integration of all aspects of life under the guiding light of one ideology.

After 9/11 there was a great push and integration between all media, really all sectors of society, to come together and be 100% American. Bush and friends encouraged this to the hilt, encouraging not just group think but patriotic, right wing, group think in order to serve their own agendas. In doing so, they moved the U.S. closer to being a totalitarian country.

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