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Comparing Totalitarian Governments
When thinking of George Orwell's 1984, Hitler's Germany comes to mind along with the other nations at war during World War two. The notion of the thought police and "Big brother" can be, and is a terrifying thing. Some Americans believe that something frightening similar is happening today with the biased media and the NSA groups. The term totalitarianism is used by some to describe a government system in which the state controls all aspects of public and private life. Having mentioned Hitler's Germany, the amount of control was the reason it was mentioned as communism could be described something similar to totalitarianism.
The dystopian novel 1984 was published in 1949 and is set in Airstrip One (formerly Great Britain), a province of Oceania. In the reality that is set for the book, the world is constantly at war and the government is omnipresent with their surveillance and public manipulation. Controlled by the inner party elite that targets individualism and independent thinking as "thought crimes". Big Brother is the quasi-divine figure head for the party. The overall obsessive rule is justified by the idea that it is for the greater good of humanity. Winston Smith is the main character of the novel and is employed at the Ministry of Truth. He is tasked with writing historical documents so that they always seem to support the ruling party. He also is charged to delete references to unpersons, or people who had been "vaporized".
The author, George Orwell was not unfamiliar with the political world and incorporated different ideals into his novel. Such as the Zone's of influence which was thought up with the Tehran Conference. Most of the novel takes place in London and the private and pu...

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Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism argued that Nazi and other communist regimes were actually not updated old tyrannies, but new forms of government. The source of appeal, as she stated in her book, were the ideology of the parity which provided a comfortable answer to mysteries. To Nazism all history is that of race struggle while Marizism's take is a history of the struggle with class. This justified their establishment of authoritarian state control.
Many scholars have examined totalitarian and all agree that the regime seeks to mobilize the population in support the official ideology while way-laying other things such as religion. A pro-soviet British Historian, E.H Carr said "the trend away from individualism and towards totalitarianism is everywhere.... unmistakable. Only the blind and incurable could ignore the trend."
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