So this is how liberty dies. Part II: Totalitarianism

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Totalitarianism, form of government that theoretically permits no individual freedom and that seeks to subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini coined the term totalitario in the early 1920s to describe the new fascist state of Italy, which he further described as: “All within the state, none outside the state, none against the state.” By the beginning of World War II, “totalitarian” had become synonymous with absolute and oppressive single-party government.

In the broadest sense, totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression. Examples of such centralized totalitarian rule include the Maurya dynasty of India (c. 321–c. 185 bc), the Ch’in dynasty of China (221–206 bc), and the reign of Zulu chief Shaka (c. 1816–28). The totalitarian states of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler (1933–45) and the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin (1924–53) were the first examples of decentralized or popular totalitarianism, in which the state achieved overwhelming popular support for its leadership. This support was not spontaneous; its genesis depended on a charismatic leader; and it was made possible only by modern developments in communication and transportation.

Totalitarianism is often distinguished from dictatorship, despotism, or tyranny by its supplanting of all political institutions with new ones and its sweeping away of all legal, social, and political traditions. The totalitarian state pursues some special goal, such as industrialization or conquest, to the exclusion of all others. All resources are directed toward its attainment regardless of the cost. Whatever might further the goal is supported; whatever might foil the goal is rejected. This obsession spawns an ideology that explains everything in terms of the goal, rationalizing all obstacles that may arise and all forces that may contend with the state. The resulting popular support permits the state the widest latitude of action of any form of government. Any dissent is branded evil, and internal political differences are not permitted. Because pursuit of the goal is the only ideological foundation for the totalitarian state, achievement of the goal can never be acknowledged.

“sweeping away of all legal, social, and political traditions..”

 

“…subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government.”

 

“…totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression.”

White House creates ‘nudge squad’ to shape behavior

The federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

 

“…subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government.”

Michelle Obama:

“Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual…”

 
“…totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression.”

Schools now banning birthday cupcakes for Michelle Obama’s nutrition mandates

In a move a parent has likened to being “food Nazis,” school districts across the country are beginning to ban a long established tradition in schools to comply with the strict nutritional guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

In Washington, the Edmonds School District announced students will no longer be able to bring birthday cupcakes to classrooms because the treats are not healthy for the young students based on federal nutrition guidelines.

 

“…sweeping away of all legal, social, and political traditions..”

Hours earlier, Democrats announced that they would take the first steps early next month to try to change the First Amendment’s free speech protections…

 
“…sweeping away of all legal, social, and political traditions..”

Criticize Obama, go to jail?

An Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Neb. has sparked a renewed controversy involving freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The parade featured a float that depicted a figure that bore the likeness of Barack Obama, who was standing at the door of an outhouse. The words inscribed on the outhouse stated, “Obama Presidential Library.”

The Nebraska Democratic Party cried foul, claiming that the display was racist. But the float’s creator stated that the figure in the float represented himself, and his depiction of the Obama Presidential Library as an outhouse represented his anger concerning Obama’s handling of the VA hospital scandal.

The complaint of the Nebraska Democratic Party was enough to culminate in a visit by an official from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the NAACP. The NAACP in particular was not amused by the display and stated that the float’s creator failed to adequately express the intended message.

 

“…totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression.”

Barack Obama, Freedom of Speech and Operation Choke Point… you’d better watch out, you might be next!

They are however using that very same tactic to shut down a wide range of legal businesses they don’t like. They are doing it to gun and ammunition dealers. They are doing it to the porn industry. They are doing it to payday lenders. They are doing it to Colorado marijuana retailers. In every one of these cases the administration is seeking to close down legal businesses by using its regulatory powers to stop banks from doing business with them. It’s called “Operation Choke Point” and it’s a joint effort by the Departments of Justice, Treasury and a handful of other agencies to effectively shut-down industries that the Obama administration doesn’t like.

How do they accomplish that? By contacting the banks servicing those businesses and “encouraging” them to stop doing business with the frowned upon businesses. Although the businesses are perfectly legal, the banks, recognizing that the price for not adhering to those “suggestions” would be a regulatory nightmare from which they might not be able to survive, acquiesce.

The problem however is that the government doesn’t have the legal right to coerce businesses out of business arbitrarily just because they don’t like them. That’s the whole point of the Constitution in the first place, particularly the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Government can not legally rule by executive fiat. But somehow Barack Obama thinks he can.

 

“…sweeping away of all legal, social, and political traditions..”

Trolling for Dirt on the President’s List

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

 


“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Even of one were to give Obama all of the benefit of the doubt, the path the country is on will lead to its destruction. This country was built on individual initiative and opportunity. Everyone was free to pursue happiness and try to forge success. Equal outcome regardless of effort is poison to any system of government but it is one of Obama’s goals. As has long been known, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Soon you will be free only to do whatever Barack Obama wants. We are well along the road to totalitarianism and Obama told us he was going to take us there. An awful lot of people weren’t listening.

DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education. DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for liberals being foolish.

8 Responses to “So this is how liberty dies. Part II: Totalitarianism”

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    another vet

    Examples of such centralized totalitarian rule include the Maurya dynasty of India (c. 321–c. 185 bc), the Ch’in dynasty of China (221–206 bc), and the reign of Zulu chief Shaka (c. 1816–28). The totalitarian states of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler (1933–45) and the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin (1924–53) were the first examples of decentralized or popular totalitarianism, in which the state achieved overwhelming popular support for its leadership.

    Not to split hairs, but I’d put Lenin in there. Stalin finished what he started. Amongst other things, he made a practice of taking companies away from their legitimate owners and giving them to his supporters. GM ring a bell? There are other similarities as well between his political philosophies and those of our current POTUS. It’s just that Lenin made direct reference to Marx as opposed to pretending he wasn’t a Marxist.

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    Ditto

    Do Liberals Crave A Master?

    Contemporary liberals, having abandoned the belief in God-given inalienable rights, masochistically crave a worldly master. This master is a sadistic god-substitute who will provide the stern discipline needed to force economic equality and “fairness” by requiring painful sacrifices and bestowing government-created rights onto obedient and acquiescent groups of left-leaning masochists.

    Of course, I am not referring to the sexual variety of masochism, but rather the recognized psychosis of moral masochism. Large segments of the population, and even entire nations can suffer from this illness as described in Daniel Rancour-Laferriere’s book, “The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering”…(snip)

    …The neolib typically projects hatred, bigotry, selfishness, and greed onto the individualist when there is no physical evidence to support the interpretation. The strong passions exhibited by neolibs, coupled with delusions of persecution, foster these masochistic tendencies.

    Now let’s objectively review the initiatives in the neolib agenda: Environmentalism, global passivism, overpopulation, socialized healthcare, and promoting government intervention into all aspects of life. All of these priorities require individuals to sacrifice their lifestyles, their income, and/or their basic comforts.

    This past week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exhorted, “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory…” in order to sacrifice ourselves to the gods of global warming. As presidential candidate Obama said, “We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times…” He seems to indicate that he wants us to starve and freeze.

    Most of these initiatives involve the inflicting of pain and misery. Tom Daschle, in his book “Critical: What We Can Do About The Health Care Crisis” says health-care reform “will not be pain free” and that seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of having them treated. In other words, you will suffer a slow agonizing death under government mandate.

    As a final phenomenological exercise, impassively observe the level of neolib support for this agenda. It has not appeared to wane. In fact, neolib fervor continues to increase as the promised level of suffering increases.

    According to Rancour-Laferriere, increasing Russian masochism coincided with the rise of the Soviet Union and Communism, although it was pervasive in the soul of Russia prior to that. The conclusion to this analysis is that as neolib moral masochism increases, so does the emotional need for an all-powerful master to govern them. As the governing master becomes more dominant and disciplinarian, the masochism is reinforced and the spiral continues.

    Animal Farm was about the radical “fundamental transformation” of a well managed farm into a tyrannical, socialist plantation run by the pigs who considered themselves the enlightened plutocrats of their caste system. Such an arrangement is a step backward into a modern form of feudalism. Our resident trolls seem quiet eager to become slaves on the Democrat’s plantation

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    FMB42

    Wolf ! Wolf!! I see a wolf a really really dangerous wolf

    John, you’d make a great cheerleader for the Washington Generals.

    Rah rah John… Rah rah…

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    he is just starting, THE NEW WORLD ORDER,
    THE BABEL TOWER,
    YOU DON’T WANT TO LOOSE AMERICA, HALF OF YOU WILL,
    the people are resisting this one, he will install decree next,
    get the military on the border to stop trafic,
    send the illegals back to their country, he breach his OATH,
    HE IS NO MORE TRUSTED,
    THE STATES MUST TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITY AND NULLIFY ANY DECISIONS HE MADE
    IN THE PAST AND PRESENT AND FUTUR,
    ANY GENERALS HE LET GO MUST COME BACK TO SORT OF THE DRACONIAN CHANGE AND TAKE HIM OUT,WITH ALL HIS CREW,
    IF NOT IT WILL BE MORE THAN WHAT YOU HAVE NOW,
    REMEMBER THE OTHER WARS AND THE BLOOD SPILL BY OUR OWN,
    DO IT FOR THEIR SAKE,
    DON’T LET THEM HAVE DIED IN VAIN,
    DON’T LET THE SICK VETERANS HAVE SUFFER IN VAIN,
    DON’T LET THEM HAVE DIED IN VAIN,
    HE HAS OPEN THE GATES OF HELL THE MOMENT HE TOOK POWER, GRADUALY, SECRETLY, AND HIS DEMOCRATS LET HIM DO IT , THEY HAD NO GIFT OF PERCEPTION, EVEN WHEN THEY WHERE CONFRONTED WITH THE DEBT RISING DANGEROUSLY,
    EVEN WHEN THE RANCHERS LEFT THEIR RANCH OUT OF DESPAIR, EVEN THE BENGHASI GOOD AMERICANS LEFT TO DIE SO HE COULD BE REELECTED, EVEN THE IRS SECRETLY OBEY ORDERS TO CRUSH THE TEA-PARTY THEY WHERE SO AFRAID OF, EVEN THE MONSTER OF THE VA HOSPITALS,
    HE DIDN’T FINISH ANY OF THOSE, HE START AND RUN AWAY LEAVING THE MESS TO THE PEOPLE,
    AND NOW TODAY THE ILLEGALS WHERE NEVER DEALT WITH,
    SINCE HIS FIRST TERM,
    THEY HIDE IN EVERY CORNER OF USA READY TO UNLEACH
    ON THE CITIZENS, AT HIS CALL,
    REMEMBER GERMANY THUGS WORKING TO DO THE DIRTY JOBS
    ORDERED BY HITLER,
    THE PEOPLE DID NOT FORSEE THE EVIL, NO ONE CAN,
    BECAUSE IT’S SO WRONG TO ENVISAGE, THAT’S THEIR STRENGHT, HE HATE AMERICA,
    AND AMERICA GAVE HIM ALL, HE WAS NOBODY AND STILL PROVE TO BE AN ILLEGAL,
    GERMANY LET IT GO TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN,
    DON’T DO IT, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE DEATH,
    THAT’S WHY HE’S CALLED THE ANGEL OF DEATH,
    HE MIGHT TAKE YOU SONS AND BROTHERS,
    HE ALREADY DID, BECAUSE GOD WAS CHASE AWAY,
    BUT HE SEE IT ALL COMMING,
    I AM A JEALOUS GOD SAID HE,
    WE MUST RETURN TO GOD AND SEEK HIS WISDOM
    LIKE THE FRAMERS DID TO WRITE THE ETERNAL CONSTITUTION
    WHICH is GUARDED AND CHERISH BY THE PEOPLE,

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    ilovebeeswarzone

    John
    it”s not WOLF, it”s HYENAS A GANG, THEY EAT TOGETHER AS THEY HUNT,
    THEY DON’T KILL, THEY EAT THEIR CATCH ALIVE AND TOGETHER,
    they had a mouthfull of you, already, be alert,

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