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/ Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism /



Prior to September 2001 this was one of the smallest sections on this site.
It has since become one of the largest.


authoritarian
  1. Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom.
  2. Of, relating to, or expecting unquestioning obedience.

totalitarian

American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition



We'll use these terms here as shorthand for

"centrist, top-down control which de-emphasizes input and control from the individual."

. . . .

fascism
  1. a sytem of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator,
    stringent economic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of beligerent nationalism and racism.
  2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
  3. Oppressive, dictatorial control.

American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition






"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."

Attributed to Noah Webster



"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

James Madison, Federalist 47



Remember, whatever you've suspected the government is doing,
if they can do it, this government probably is doing it.

Gary Farber
Post to the blog Amygdala, 02 AUG 2008



King Milinda asks the sage Nagasena:
"Bhante Nagasena, how do the wise converse?"

-- "Your majesty, when the wise converse, whether they become entangled by their opponents’ arguments or extricate themselves, whether they or their opponents are convicted of error, whether their own superiority or that of their opponents is established, nothing in all this can make them angry. Thus, your majesty, do the wise converse."

"And how, bhante, do kings converse?"

-- "Your majesty, when kings converse, they advance a proposition, and whoever opposes it, they order his punishment, saying, ‘Punish this fellow!’ Thus, your majesty, do kings converse."

The Questions of King Milinda




"Whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence."

John Locke
Two Treatises of Government,
bk. 2, ch. 19, sect. 221, p. 412
Quoted here



"Democratic societies....do not tell their citizens how they should live, or what will make them happy, virtuous, or great.
Instead, they cultivate the virtue of toleration , which becomes the chief virtue in democratic societies."

The End of History and the Last Man
by Francis Fukuyama
page 305



"The legislative job of the President is especially important to the people who have no special representatives to plead their cause before Congress -- and that includes the great majority. I sometimes express it by saying the President is the only lobbyist that one hundred and fifty million Americans have. The other twenty million are able to employ people to represent them -- and that’s all right, it’s the exercise of the right of petition -- but someone has to look after the interests of the one hundred and fifty million that are left."

Harry S. Truman, speech to the Press and Union League Club,
San Francisco, California, October 25, 1956
Quoted here




Is life so dear, or peace so sweet,
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

Patrick Henry, 1775
The “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech






The 9/11 terrorists committed a horrendous crime,
but they did not take away our national security.

We have done this to ourselves.

Secret Saudi History . (Or here)
by Sarah Whalen.
"The Author is a professor at Loyola University School of Law"
The Palestine Chronicle, 26 AUG 3003






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"At the Hermitage"
Photo by Boris Ignatovich






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