In this blog I am going to examine the political phenomena of totalitarianism – and within this also the closely related variety called authoritarianism. I will look at what is the problem with these political ideologies, and what possible solutions there are to correct these problems, and also look at what rewards will come through correcting these problems.
Firstly – what is totalitarianism?
According to Wikipedia – totalitarianism is:
Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary.
Totalitarianism is as such the political dispensation of attempting to gain full, and complete control over the citizen’s of a country – wherein all aspects of society is controlled – education, media, economy, communications, family life – everything! An example of a totalitarian society is Germany during the rule of Adolf Hitler – which was a strictly controlled wherein conformity was demanded by all citizens to the political rule by the Nazis.
One of the major problems with totalitarianism is that it suppresses the creativity, and life force of the citizens of a country – and instead of critical thinking, and diversity being cultivated, and supported – instead only one particular way of thinking is supported and considered “right”.
We as westerners might think that we live in a free democracy, but if we take a close look at the set-up of our political machinery – it’s possible to see traits of totalitarianism. This though is a more secretive application of totalitarianism that is founded upon psychological manipulation, cognitive disinformation, wage-slavery, and a highly biased, and ineffective education system that see to it that children are dumbed down, and do not develop effective critical thinking skills to question the various hazardous dogmas that are currently accepted as a part of our political constitution.
An example of how media is used in our society in order to promote a particular way of thinking to manipulate the masses to have a certain idea, and definition of particular events can be found for example when looking at how the Iraqi war was sold to the public. Here the press merely regurgitated what the leaders of the western world claimed to be true with no attempt to cross-reference, and clarify whether it was in-fact true that Iraq was developing chemical weapons of warfare.
Another example can be found in the NATO attack on Libya to remove Muammar Gaddafi from power – a campaign that through a media slandering campaign on Gaddafi gained the support of the western masses. It’s fascinating because when investigating the deeds of Gaddafi more closely, and not only relying upon western media – it’s easy to see that Gaddafi was a benevolent leader that did much to support his people, and alleviate poverty. One of the primary reasons as to why he was targeted was because he was anti-imperialistic, and actually nationalized the oil-reserves of Libya and managed to through that raise the living standards significantly; really – looking at the point objectively Libya before the war had a much more effective social welfare system than that of America.
So – even though we in the western countries might consider ourselves “free” and “intellectually enlightened” – we’re really being fooled, and manipulated by fear, and nationalistic impulses – and lies such as freedom, democracy are used as a reason for the military interventions – while really – all the military effort we’ve seen spread across the world the last 50 years has not been the will of the people – it’s the will of specialized interests controlling the government through corporate profits – and as such the government has become nothing more but the guard dog of the corporation – ready to by force coerce anyone stupid enough to take a stand against the brutal and savage crusade for more, and more money that the corporations of the world have set out upon.
The current definition of totalitarianism does as such not consider this more secretive, and hidden application of totalitarianism – that is applied through effective manipulation of the human mind – the so-called manufacturing of consent.
Obviously this approach to ruling is disrespectful towards the people of a country that are not allowed to share their perspective, and let themselves make informed and effective decisions – and that is the essence of the problem with totalitarianism – it suppresses the individual and his freedom to live a fulfilling, and creative life. Because let’s not forget that society consists of a multitude of individuals – all different from each-other in that we share different interests, preferences, skills, abilities, considerations, and desires – we all do not want to live the same life – everyone doesn’t like to play music as I do – though this point is not understood and applied in a totalitarian society.
The consequence of the individual not being considered, and protected is that we have a society of numbers – where we do not dare to see beyond the numbers seeing that for each number there is a intricate, and complex human life – that is born into this world not to suffer but to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life – this is why each and every individual should be catered to live his or her life of preference – to the extent where such a preference do not harm another human-being – as that is the application of principled freedom, as a freedom that is beneficial and expansive and do not have any nefarious consequences.
Another consequence we have when the individual is not considered is that we constantly have these small fractions of a society that feel they are mistreated, and not considered – creating division, and competition between citizens – instead of creating our political rule in such a way that everyone is considered and giving the basic needs to fulfill their preferences and live a life that is enjoyable.
I’ve already touched on the solution for totalitarianism – though – let’s first consider some points with totalitarianism that are effective – one of these points is the demand for one attitude, and one way of looking at things – now – this is only bad when the demand is shaped, and formed from within a thwarted and opinionated starting point. For example Hitler demanded anti-semitism from his countrymen – and this was obviously a extremely flawed, and ineffective way of ruling a country. Yet – consider that instead of using totalitarianism to pursue interests that are inherently flawed – to instead pursue interests that are BEST FOR ALL; meaning – to implement in the constitution of a country a provision stating that all decisions by the government and the legislative body must be proven to be WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL – and within this we are thus using the principle of totalitarianism in order to support to create a society where no one is harmed, and where it’s made certain that all political decisions will be made within integrity and with respect for the citizens of the country.
Thus – a solution in order to change totalitarianism from being a complete fuck-up as it is today – in order to become a supportive political agenda that promotes what is best for all – is to change the starting point of totalitarianism – from wanting to rule for the sake of ruling – to instead ruling for the sake of what is best for all – utilizing such political points as the constitution in order to make sure that certain values are always protected and defended and that no minority can claim power and abuse the majority for their own self-interested reasons.
A part from this point – totalitarianism really does not have much to offer – it’s a limited, and inferior perspective on how to rule a country – because the consequence of the point when applied without the starting point to create what is best for all – is that individuals ability to express themselves diminish, and suddenly we have a society filled with zombies, and drones that can’t think for themselves – and that blindly trusts everything the government says because of fear, and also because they simply can’t think for themselves anymore.
Thus – in order for a society to be effective – there must be real democracy – because through this we are able to utilize the full spectrum of human insight that is available in a country in order to bring forth the best policy-decisions, the best political structures, and the best use of societies resources – and no more will the direction of a country be poisoned with the malfunctioning, and limited ideas of only one person – because really a country is meant to be ruled by everyone and not by a single person – it’s not even possible for a single person to see, and have all information about a country to see exactly what requires to be done – and what decisions must be made – thus the importance of including everyone and make no one more than another.
The rewards for utilizing the principle of totalitarianism in order to set a single unifying standard for the entirety of society – as making sure that all political decisions will stand by what is best for all – is that we will not anymore have policy decisions made that favor some and disregard others. We will not anymore have a society wherein some are dissatisfied and others aren’t – because within all decisions – everyone – all needs – all points will be considered and none will be rejected and shut out.
Within this we’ll much with much likelihood see a much more solidary society grow forth – wherein politics, and the direction of the country become a point of priority for everyone and not only for a few selected elites – and within this a stability will come to the fore – because when each and everyone’s needs are considered there won’t anymore be a driving dissatisfaction in some that leads to uprisings, violence, and political instability – because the political body will make sure that all voices are heard, considered, and regarded.
And obviously – within stopping totalitarianism – both the hidden version as media-totalitarianism, and the more open version – we’ll see free thinking individuals emerge – as individuals that are able to deduct their reality through the use of common sense – looking at what will be the best and then making a decision without being influenced by what anyone else might say, or not say to them. We will as such have a society grow forth of self-independent individuals that can’t be manipulated into committing crimes against human rights because some leader, or the television have given them various emotional-based reasons as to why to do it – but instead individuals will trust themselves, and make informed decisions that have an outcome as what is best for all.