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WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
George Orwell: "1984" (1949)
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An extreme form of (see autocratic, oligarchic,
despotic, and Procrustean) oppressive government with limitless power,
that uses ruthless force to exert an absolute control over all
individuals within a society. Regardless of other political
orientation, historically, these forms of government are most often
propelled under pretext ideologies of perpetual internal or external
enmity, national security, mass fear, and some type of "common-good" objective. A totalitarian
government not only commands total docility towards its powers, but also demands
the individual's total support and very explicit corroboration in controlling
all others in the society.
(Note, please see below: Cuba's "duty to denounce"
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These systems of non-representative
governments are led by a few or even by a single individual. Judicial rights and recourse are
nonexistent. Extreme vigilance, power and fear over people have been further facilitated by some
of the technological and scientific advances of the twentieth century.
By definition, totalitarianism does not restrict its oppression to society's public expressions such as
journalistic freedom or political dissent.
Brutally harsh controls are also exerted over all traditionally more personal elements within a
society, including any and all aspects of human relations such as family, friends, education,
religion, work, sexuality, and leisure time as well as most other forms of
personal freewill or artistic expression.
Among many throughout the world, two of
the more infamous totalitarian governments of our more recent past are Hitler's Germany
and Stalin's Russia. Totalitarianism remains current in Mainland China and in Fidel
Castro's Cuba. We should remain conscious and resolute, in America
and abroad, in confronting all such repression within the
complexities of modern and future civilized societies.
In the name of "national security"
Castro and his cohorts first dismantled Cuba's judicial system and constitutional protections.
his original promises and pronouncements,
Cuba's venerated Constitution of 1940
remains suspended by Fidel Castro for over 43 years thus creating and perpetuating
a political climate and a rational for committing innumerable documented
and undocumented atrocities on the Cuban people.
Throughout his reign, rampant totalitarian authority along with
torture and execution
continue to be commonplace methods of maintaining a status-quo.
Despite any longevity, no government must ever be considered
licit if it
assumes power through deceit or maintains power through
judicially unrestrained force.
From 1900 to 1987, governments murdered
170 million people, well over four times the number of battle-deaths during that same period.
Tragically, such inhumanity continues as the dangerous antithesis to democracies, republics and,
individual human rights.
Often it is rationalized with a dialectic for "national
security" a "new society", "the new man", "a better world".
Not only do the ends not justify the means but the ends ARE the means.
Justice with Order & Order with Justice.
" They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary
security, deserve neither liberty or security." Benjamin
believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the
people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sudden usurpations." James
Madison, fourth US president (1751-1836)
" There is
no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under the cover of
law, and with the color of justice..." US v. Jannottie