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Totalitarianism: Technology, Bureaucracy, Ideology and Terror Dr. Lisa L. Stenmark – Fall 2015 We Live, Not Feeling, 1933 We live, not feeling the ground beneath us, Our speech evaporates ten steps away, But where there’s a half conversation Our words orbit the Kremlin mountain man. His thick fingers are as fat as worms, His words as solid as lead weights. His cockroach whiskers laugh, And the tops of his boots glisten. Around him a rabble of chicken-necked leaders, Sycophantic half-beings for him to toy with. Some whistle, some meow, some snivel, He alone prods and bellows. He forges decrees to be flung like horseshoes At the groin, the forehead, the temple, the eyes. He rolls executions on his tongue like berries delicacies for the barrel-chested Georgian. ---Osip Mandelstam If it is admitted that the nineteenth century has been the century of Socialism, Liberalism and Democracy, it does not follow that the twentieth must also be the century of Liberalism, Socialism and Democracy. Political doctrines pass; peoples remain. It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century. If the nineteenth was the century of the individual it may be expected that this one may be the century of "collectivism" and therefore the century of the State. Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism, 1932 Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s , Otto Friedrich Darkness at Noon , Arthur Koestler What is totalitarianism? Hannah Arendt, Karl Dietrich Bracher, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carl Friedrich - A political system of repressive state control —authoritarian. - May be (but not necessarily) centered on a charismatic leader - An ideology that is all encompassing - "Fact-proof screens from reality” (Bracher) - Maintained through … - Propaganda and misinformation - mass communication state monopoly on communication -
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