Joy Behar: The mere fact that she has a following gives credence to the need for stricter voting registration requirements!
"but would allow refills"Bloomberg is a joke and 'Boards of Health', while originally well intended, are relegating themselves to nothing more than organizations just trying to justify their existence. The Jefferson County, CO Board of Health is a grand example of this! Common sense is fast becoming a thing of the past!
Remind me to watch "Idiocracy" again, only this time not as futuristic dystopian farce, but as present day, real life documentary!
From Wikipedia article on Totalitarianism:Eric Hoffer in his book The True Believer argues that mass movements like communism, Fascism and Nazism had a common trait in picturing Western democracies and their values as decadent, with people "too soft, too pleasure-loving and too selfish" to sacrifice for a higher cause; which for them implies an inner moral and biological decay.He further claims that those movements offered the prospect of a glorious future to frustrated people. Enabling them to find a refuge from the lack of personal accomplishments in their individual existence. The individual is then assimilated into a compact collective body and "fact-proof screens from reality" are established.futher....The article gives this as a definition of Totalitarianism:"a totalitarian regime attempts to control virtually all aspects of the social life including economy, education, art, science, private life and morals of citizens." Anything not Compulsory is Forbidden
Don't worry (it's forbidden), Be Happy (it's compulsory)
Is authoritarianism the opposite end of the spectrum ?
I don't think so--but this is a new field to me. The same Wikipedia article says this:[Compared to totalitarian systems, authoritarian systems may also leave a larger sphere for private life, lack a guiding ideology, tolerate some pluralism in social organization, lack the power to mobilize the whole population in pursuit of national goals, and exercise their power within relatively predictable limits.The difference could be summarised like this: Authoritarian state: "Mind your own business, or we'll shoot you" Totalitarian state: "Do what we say, or we'll shoot you"] I'm guessing many dictatorships are authoritarian and are based on the self-centered goals of the dictator.
Authoritarianism is the rock and totalitarianism is the hard place- guess where that leaves you?
Good links dean0---they broadened my perspective.
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