The Injustice of Forcing Humanity into a Totalitarian Society

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A totalitarian government is place that no person should ever be forced to live in because this type of government controls almost every aspect of its citizens’ lives. The dictators controlling these kinds of government’s take away people’s basic human rights, brainwash kids into showing no loyalty towards their families, and imprison or execute all who might be a remote threat to their party. The government then controls the remaining population with the fear of being arrested by secret state police regardless if they have committed, or planned to commit, a crime. The leaders of these societies have no regard for the wellbeing of anybody but themselves, and once they come to power, it is usually too late to stop what happens next. A common misconception is that a dictator can never come to power by means that are legal. This is not true. Adolf Hitler, the cold hearted dictator of Germany during World War II, is a near perfect example of how a dictator can form a regime legally. Hitler became a dictator when the Reichstag building was set on fire on February 27, 1933 while he was currently the only leader of Germany. A Dutch communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, was tried and found guilty of the crime. Hitler used the countries fear of communism to suspend the German constitution and take executive powers. Some historians believe that a more likely culprit for the Reichstag fire was a Nazi obeying an order from Hitler himself to set fire to the building allowing him to suspend the German constitution and take the executive powers; however, there is no proof that this occurred. So, from what is provable, Hitler became a dictator by working inside of the law (“Hitler Becomes Chancellor” para.8). Once a dictator comes to power he will st... ... middle of paper ... ...ents: Milestone Events Throughout History. Ed. Jennifer Stock. Vol. 4: Europe. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. "Germans Barter for Goods in Response to Hyperinflation, 1923." Historic World Events. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. "Göring, Hermann." World War II Reference Library. Ed. Barbara C. Bigelow, et al. Vol. 3: Biographies. Detroit: UXL, 1999. 82-91. Student Resources in Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2014. Langer, Willian L., comp. Encyclopedia of World History. Vol. 2. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1968. Print. Mosley, Leonard. On Borrowed Time. New York: Random House, Inc., 1969. Print. Orwell, George. 1984. New York: New American Library, 1948. Print. "Political Purges." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

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