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Totalitarian Government

By | December 2011
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A totalitarian government is, of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life. The individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed. There have been many totalitarian governments throughout history including Nazi Germany, Lenin’s U.S.S.R., Saddam’s Iraq, and Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Not all totalitarian governments are the same, but they all share some similar ideas. In some, certain ideas aren’t stressed as strongly as others. A comparable totalitarian government to George Orwell’s ruling Party in London is Joseph Stalin’s USSR. In 1984, George Orwell describes the government as always watching its people. There are posters of Big Brother, who is the Nation’s leader, saying “Big Brother is watching you” throughout the city. There are even thought police that use hidden microphones and cameras everywhere. The government watches the people in their homes through their television screens, and they are not allowed to turn off your television ever. There are many rules and laws in the society and if they are broken the police may throw them into a forced labor camp. They are not allowed to have close friends. They are even not allowed to be in love. They cannot date be intimate with someone they like. They basically are supposed to save all their energy for The Party, which is the governments name in 1984. Along with things people can’t do there are things people have to do. They have to watch the government programing on TV. They have to attend frequent government pep rallies. They are assigned jobs and partners. They essentially have no control over what they do, and are forced to live meaningless lives. Obviously, the government George Orwell created is a very extreme form of totalitarianism, and he made a very good point, showcasing how terrible totalitarianism can be.

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