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Can someone help me understand what a totalitarian society is like?
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I'm trying to figure out something and I really need to know what a totalitarian society is like.How would we survive in a totalitarian world?

Forgive me, if this seems like a silly question.


Can this be moved to Creative Corner if possible because I need some ideas for a story?


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A totalitarian society would be like if you lived in wherever you are, however freedom of speech is gone, freedom of religion is probably also gone, the right to bear arms as well, and an ideal of the people living to serve the country and its government would kinda be passed around as well. Pretty much think Nazi Germany during WW2 and how the people idolized hitler to the point where theyd even betray their friends and family too if there was every a smudge of talk that they didnt like the way he ran things. Schools would heavily emphasize the importance of serving the country. You would also have no privacy, and by that i mean soldiers and police officers could come into your house at any time, for any reason and they wouldnt need a warrant, youd probably be guilty until the government says your innocent if charges were ever pressed against you by the state, oh and you also would never get to choose who gets to be in power probably as well. Definitely not something youd want to live in. The closest country i can think of the top of my head that probably lives in these closest condition is probably N.Korea if you like a modern day example.
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Totalitarianism is when the state controls all aspects of society. You would survive by complying.
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You love and die by the infallible will of your Authorities. You need not have wants, dreams, desires, or lives outside what you are assigned by your infallible Government.
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Read the book: Nineteen Eighty-Four "1984" by George Orwell
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^^1984 is one of the better books about living in a totalitarian state. It's a system in which the state effectively controls what media is consumed, what food and other resources are available, and brooks absolutely no dissent against the state. Basically a method of controlling citizens' realities through propaganda, patriotism, and encouraging citizens to report the slightest infractions of their fellow citizens to state authorities (and typically severe punishments for those infractions).
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I'd also think Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell is a winner. Of course, totalitarian regimes differ, but this book is a real eye opener.
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Fascism and Communism are both totalitarian. Monarchies are typically totalitarian but not always. Dictatorships are as well.

Pretty much when the government says jump you ask how high. There is no questioning or challenging the government. The government is always right and it knows what is best. You live to serve the government and progress its goals. You can think of fascism and Communism as a monarchy/kingdom with extra steps.

Anytime the government gets too much power some douchebag tries getting into a position of power and consolidating their power and turns it authoritarian though obvious or subtle means. They then turn the country into their own personal "monarchy".
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asharka [link url ~ Read the book: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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A totalitarian society is one without choices and with little to no freedom.
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Read Anthem by Ayn Rand
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I'm currently reading 1984 by George Orwell.

Very entertaining.
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anfex wrote:

I'm currently reading 1984 by George Orwell.

Very entertaining.


Good to know.
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There is different types of totaltarian society.
There is USSR which later shift into democracy under the rule of the second generation Communist rulers: this society arise from the chaos of a highly inefficient and corrupt Capitalist society under the last Russian king. In this society, the totalitarian structure meet the high demand of stability and, later, cohesiveness during World War 2. Formal democracy is low in demand since a high supply of "natural" democracy is supplied from post-war chaos. Unlike the Capitalist dictatorship, the Soviet dictators are keep in check by both the law and ideology. The totalitarian system allow rapid industrialization from a semi-industrial economy and allow the Soveit to direct its resource to economic competition with the resource-rich US.

The Neo-Liberal Capitalist sect is also establishing totalitarian societies on the third world. this society is ruled by a plutocratic puppet government that is run by corrupt government officers who serve the interest of foreign corporate. There is one central government sector that have power over other government sectors. The law holds no power and the central government is only restrained by a few large foreign corporate. The government rob from hard-working civilians and give the fruit of their citizen’s labor to rich property owners so the lawful citizen can work only by deception and punishment. The government and foreign business use advanced spyware and technology to monitor journalists and human right defenders while hitmans is hired to kill suspect of political dissents. Genocide by military is used to stop union organization, peaceful protesting, and resistance to state terrorism. The police can freely engage in criminal activities (like robbing, raping, lying, and murder) without consequence.
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