1502363-Modern Totalitarian Regime

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Running Head: Modern Totalitarian Regime 1 Modern Totalitarian Regime: Stalinism Institutional Affiliation Name
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MODERN TOTALITARIAN REGIME 2 Stalinism (Stalin totalitarianism) was a form of government that infringed personal freedom and looked forward to subordinating all the aspects of a person’s life into the government authority. This era took place in 1922 where the acting leader, Joseph Stalin, grabbed the power to serve the Soviet Union while at the same time; he served as the General Secretary in the central committee. He used his power as the General Secretary to hire people into different jobs all over the country as a way of luring people into being loyal to him (O’Kane, 2014). Under Stalinism rule, the people of the Soviet Union with all their traditions and organizations were discouraged, intimidated and lacked support, which led to weakening of the social unity and the people became more docile to absorption into one movement. Unlike tyranny or dictatorship, Stalin totalitarianism swept away all the legal, political and social norms replacing them with new political institutions and rules. According to Baehr, 2010, the state was made to pursue industrialization at all costs and all the resources were directed towards this major goal. During the Stalin’s rule, the high-class group of people including the wealthy farmers and the Jews were summoned and singled out for persecution and even extinction for the fear that this group of individuals might use their wealth to overturn the regime. Those ruled out for persecution were said to be connected to some external enemies or blamed for any chaos in the state, which led to arousal of public opinions against them and were handed over to the military and the police officers. The police officers during the regime were required to operate without restricting themselves to the rules and procedures set out for them, their practices, procedures and the totalitarian leader directed operations. Stalin later on came up with a new constitution for
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MODERN TOTALITARIAN REGIME 3 the Soviet Union and did not allow any form of predictable change, hence lading to rise in terror among the citizens. Stalin began gaining power and winning allies during the period when Lenin was the leader of the Soviet Union, however, in 1922 Lenin suffered from a serious stroke that led to his death. Before Lenin’s death, Stalin had become a very cruel and ruthless person who always wanted everything to go his way; Lenin had lost confidence in him and wrote a will that left Trotsky as his heir (Pauley, 2014). Stalin managed to find the will and destroyed it leaving the nation contemplating on whom the successor was. Stalin’s philosophy of “Socialism in one Nation” required the Soviet Union to come up with a perfect socialist nation. However, Trotsky argued over the philosophy but he lost because Stalin had support from majority of the younger militants and he befriended Trotsky’s personal foes.
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