Nazi Germany and 1984
A totalitarian government is one in which the state, usually under the control of a single political person, has no limits to its authority and strives to control every aspect of public and private life of each individual. Control over attitudes, values, and beliefs enables the government to erase any distinction between state and society. It is almost as if the population under totalitarian government is broken down and brain washed so much so that the government has complete and total control over each individual which is all part of an elaborate scheme to replace the existing society with a perfect society. As we see in George Orwell’s 1984 the citizens are under a complete totalitarian government that restricts individual thoughts and controls physical and psychological aspects but also restricts the information they receive and technology they use. Although the government in 1984 is fiction, many political leaders have tried to create a perfect nation by rule of totalitarian governments. Hitler’s Nazi Germany was one that can be compared to the views of the 1984 “Big Brother” government.
Psychological manipulation is big in totalitarian governments. If they can mentally break you down, they can brain wash you into believing anything which will in turn lead you to be under total control of the government which is what they want. In 1984 the Party places telescreen in every person’s room which is constantly blasting propaganda to make the Party’s failures seem like huge successes. These telescreens are also used to monitor behavior. Constant reminder comes from every angle with signs boasting “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” The Party dissolves family structure by inducting children into the organization as Junior Spies. Children are easier to control and brainwash, especially if started at a young age. It becomes the reality of their life. They are brainwashed into spying on their parents and told to report any sign of disloyalty to...
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