The Logic of Totalitarians in Our Midst

Totalitarians in our midst are becoming more prominent, but they are not always identified as such, instead being labeled by the standard labels like socialist, fascist, liberal, progressive, democratic socialist, communist, etc. Totalitarians are enemies of liberty, enemies of private property and enemies of the rule of law. This is why it’s important to identify them for what they are.

Totalitarians are identifiable. Their tendencies follow a certain logic, whether they are in government or aspiring to take control of government.

Totalitarians aim here and now for a utopian society in which social ills, real or imagined, are eliminated. (We need not know their motivations to be able to identify their aim.) The utopian aim is the principle aim because everything else they stand for flows from that.

Their utopian aim implies that they aim at revolutionizing (transforming) society and state, one way or another. This is because we do not have utopia at present and we cannot get it here and now without radical change.

Radical transformation implicitly includes using any means including force if they can get away with it, because there is no other means by which their ideal society can be instituted during their lifetimes. Liberty hasn’t done it, thousands of years haven’t done it, recent laws haven’t done it, so coercion becomes the necessary alternative.

The use of force to achieve utopia means that they’ll sacrifice individuals and all their rights to their larger aim. The Bill of Rights means nothing compared to the aim.

This means they aim for single-party rule, i.e., the total control needed to create the perfect society. Control implies thought control.

This means they use any means to crack down on opposition.

This in turn means identifying people and groups of people that they can blame for the existing social ills that they intend to remedy, these people being in opposition to them.

Identification of these enemies implies dealing with them in a range of ways.

One way to cut down opposition is to censor them. The opposition includes religious, political, artistic and ideological opponents, or any center of opposition. A more severe means is to murder one’s opponents.

Another method to gain single party rule is by corrupting the election process.

Yet other methods involve creating persuasive myths in order to generate a population that supports totalitarians in power.

Total control includes education and communication because there is no tolerance for opposing views.

The totalitarian is a beast, an idealistic beast, but still a beast.

Among us today walk totalitarians who possess the requisite characteristics identified above. Especially visible are censors in the business world and the university world. There are thugs on the streets who blame capitalism for our ills. There are anti-religious thugs. There is extensive corruption of political procedures in order to secure one-party rule. There are groups blaming whole races and propounding racial myths. There are also worldwide governments and international bodies propounding utopian ideas of “free” everything as a right; and these are totalitarian in nature. We have seen strong evidence of government totalitarians within the FBI and intelligence agencies. We have seen strong evidence of the totalitarians in the public health area. And of late we have seen governors of many states who rapidly turned into totalitarians over COVID-19.

Even if not all of these or others unnamed are pure totalitarians or would strenuously deny this charge and claim that they support democracy, rights, and some other objective like public health, the unpleasant fact is that they have moved in the totalitarian direction and away from liberty. They reveal to us that they want to rule us according to their agendas, not to promote liberty of individuals but to create their imagined utopia.

Andrew Cuomo exhibits his totalitarian streak by mandating a measles vaccine over religious objectors. He said “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe. While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.”

The New York State Bar Association exhibits its totalitarian character in its recent statement: “‘Some Americans may push back on the COVID-19 vaccination for religious, philosophical or personal reasons,’ says the report released on Thursday by the NYSBA, but, it says, ‘for the sake of public health, mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 should be required in the United States as soon as it is available.'”

There is a long list of extremely reasonable objections to both Cuomo and the NYSBA, including that they don’t even have the basic facts right about vaccinations, but this is not the time to go into that. But it is time to grasp that the term “totalitarian” is an accurate term to describe certain evil and odious tendencies in far too many people both inside and outside government, people who are ready and willing to sacrifice liberty for an unachievable perfection of society and state.


11:39 am on June 14, 2020

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