Totalitarianism 101

So, let’s assume you’re a political leader in a position of power and you want to move toward a totalitarian regime to secure that power beyond the bounds of the law. What do you do?

First and foremost you’ve got to be smooth, capable of communicating your message effectively. You’ve got to be unique enough to convince people to agree with you, even in the face of evidence to the contrary. You need disagreement to be viewed as prejudice or bias. You need great propagandists!

You’ve got to get folks accustomed to a ‘new normal’. The new normal will be more about what you don’t do as opposed to what you do. The economy is your focus for the new normal because the economy touches everyone, everywhere with few exceptions. Don’t solve unemployment, don’t insist on personal responsibility, don’t open up new energy resources, print lots of money, spend lots of money, don’t repatriate oversees profits and whatever you do, never admit failure; always double down! When you double down it makes the initial move look less onerous by comparison. Make sure lots of the money goes to people and organizations that are dependent on more of the same and therefore dependant on you.

You’ve got to erode ideas and institutions that stand in the way of your totalitarian instincts. You must not accept traditions and you must move the country socially as well as economically and politically. Do not be afraid to erode the Constitution if it is in your way. This tactic requires behaviors such as: public castigation of the Supreme Court, Political leaders, opposition media outlets, corporations, insurance companies, Wall Street, doctors, hospitals, energy producers, opposing political organizations, etc. The Bully Pulpit, for you, is the high ground for staging the attacks that need to occur!

You need to be able to attack based on your unique aspects and cast the opposition is a light whereby it’s they’re credibility that comes into question, not yours. In other words you need the capital to demonize opposition not for what they say but for your definition of their motivations and values. You also need to deliver those demonizing messages constantly by word and deed. In short you need enemies, real, created or imagined to serve as the foil for your arguments; straw men!

You create situations where those of us here amongst the great unwashed, ‘feel’ more than they ‘think’! You must have buzz words that deliver a message generally acceptable to the public but easily translatable ‘code’ for the true believers. Fairness, main street, fair share, equal shot!

You must generate fear as a dominant overall context. Fear of losing what you have; medical care, jobs or financial security; it’s the subtext for demonization.

You need a number of things from the media. You need them to be fundamentally compliant. In the second case you need some members of the media to essentially parrot what you have to say providing a credibility ‘cover’ and the ability to ‘penetrate’ the population with your message. You need them to stay off the investigative side of things as much as possible. You need them to be part of the attack force you’ve deployed. And when you sense they’re on the verge of getting a little too frisky you’ve got to have a way to calm them down either by way of access to sooth their egos or by way of intimidation.
You need to create a nearly cultish culture of secrecy and dissembling, you need people in key management roles to carry that water for you, lie for you, dissemble for you and surround what truth there may be with assurances that criticism is ‘just political’. You need to enhance the view that what you do is not ‘political’ but what everyone else does is! Above the fray!

You need the ability to grant security forces the empowerments necessary to ‘go after’ political enemies. Going after your enemies demands the availability of information; therefore you must gather that information or reorganize what you’ve got. You must disseminate that information to trusted lieutenants who ‘know’ what to do with it. Your critical resources for this must be agencies with broad scope in terms of interacting with the population, for instance the bureaucracy tied to the taxing authority. You must also look to your intelligence community to provide you with information related to speech and activities. You must use ‘the law’ as a vehicle to engage opponents politically. You must limit the availability of resources to enemies.

You must twist the bureaucracy so that its goal is support of your agenda, your desires, and your interpretations of what is required and not to serve the public. The management of the bureaucracy will likely go along; if you win so do they. If you stay in power so do they!

You need foot soldiers to go to the streets when the time comes. If you’re smart, you’ve already bought them off against the times when you need them. They are an essential element in the crisis you will require; either to generate it or to maintain it.

If you find yourself behaving in a way opposite from the positions you needed to take to procure power in the first place, don’t worry. Just define a new position and never fail to say; “as I’ve said before”!

You need crisis to position you to apply your resources and programs. Not small crisis, you will, of course, use small crisis to test your chops and judge reaction. But you need a big one to generate the power to execute the totalitarian shift. You will make the argument that security overwhelms rights, that the situation demands extraordinary powers. You will define the crisis as ‘never before seen’ that the situation demands that you ‘do something’! You will argue that expansion of central power is just temporary, you will use crisis to gain power and mitigate opposition, and you will not actually solve the crisis. A solved crisis does not fit the requirements for the political ‘shift’ toward totalitarianism.

  • Bob

    White House press secretary Carney announced today that the republican party is “Waging a war against empty chairs” which they find biased and aimed specifically at the President. “We are not surprised by campaign of lies that seems to be the favorite tactic of the radical Tea party wing of the party.” The President will hold a bipartisan press conference later on in the day which will be attended by Sen.Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John McCain, Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Chris Christy and RNC chairmen Reince Priebus. These experts on the subject will form an ad-hoc committee on biased toward empty chairs and report directly to the President..

  • Bob


    Well there’s a very good chance of them being stored in the Utah Data Center………You didn’t expect them to be destroyed did you?
    After all we have millions of Americans out there who are considered terrorist and sympathizers of al Quaeda….or just considered a threat to the progressives.

  • Bob

    After focusing his campaign in 2008 against President Bush’s national security measures and not changing very much content wise during the past 5 years I think President Obama owes him an apology at the least.

  • Bob

    Now that I have a bit more time I’d like to expand my thoughts on this subject:

    This didn’t start with President George W. Bush but in the 1960’s and has expanded through various methods ever since.For years now our governing bodies have been abdicating power and authority to other branches of government while denying powers assigned to the states.They have been side stepping the law making process through Executive orders and other means. This SLIPPERY SLOPE OF GOVERNING was all done under the guise of efficiency, national security and any other cockamamie excuse our lawmakers can come up with while saying “TRUST US”. WELL IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES and as Rep.Jim Sensebrenner (originator of the “Patriot Act)said “Any law can be abused”.

    Do you really think this only goes as far as Verizon? It has been shown that Microsoft, Google, Facebook, AOL, Apple and YouTube have also been involved. The Supreme Court has recently approved police taking DNA samples for so much as a traffic ticket. BUT NO! the government would never think of tracking gun owners….Yeah right!How many times will we buy into the lie that freedoms need to be compromised to remain safe.

    Ask your Congressman if NSA analyzing phone calls was done to protect us from terrorist why were they slepping when the Tsarnaevs Brothers made phone calls? When we believe lawmakers who tell us that they can interpret the Constitution as they wish and ignore the checks and balances written into it FOR OUR PROTECTION well they make George Orwell look like a visionary.