• (adj): Characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control.
    Example: "A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul"- Arthur M.Schlesinger, Jr.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on totalitarian, totalitarians:

Totalitarian Dictators - Totalitarianism in Architecture
... Non-political aspects of the culture and motifs of totalitarian countries have themselves often been labeled innately "totalitarian" ... Ben Macintyre of The Times has stated that that was "a prescient description of the sort of totalitarian architecture that would soon dominate the Communist bloc" ...
Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism
... of Colorado at Colorado Springs has examined the characteristics of authoritarian and totalitarian dictators and organized them in a chart Totalitarianism Authoritarianism Charisma High Low Role ... (2) Concomitant role conceptions differentiate totalitarians from authoritarians ... Totalitarian self-conceptions are largely teleological ...
Totalitarian Dictators
... Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private ... from fascist and Stalinist movements, there have been other movements that are totalitarian ... his intention to "give Spain a true unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity..." and went on to say "Democracy is not an end but a means to the conquest of the new state ...
Messianic Democracy - Differences in Democratic Philosophy - Fundamental Requirements
... A totalitarian democracy, says Talmon, accepts "exclusive territorial sovereignty" as its right ... reject in principle the idea of coercion in shaping political will, but the totalitarian democratic state holds it as an ongoing imperative ... A totalitarian democratic state is said to maximize its control over the lives of its citizens, using the dual rationale of general will (i.e ...
The Prevention Of Literature - Summary
... prevailing orthodoxy and sees organised lying as integral to totalitarian states ... Speculating on the type of literature under a future totalitarian society Orwell predicts this to be formulaic and low grade sensationalism, but notes that one ... and indifferent attitude of scientists, who anyway have a privileged place under totalitarian states ...

More definitions of "totalitarian":

  • (adj): Of or relating to the principles of totalitarianism according to which the state regulates every realm of life.
    Example: "Totalitarian theory and practice"
    Synonyms: totalistic

Famous quotes containing the word totalitarian:

    It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets ours norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.
    Eric Hoffer (1902–1983)

    The real stumbling-block of totalitarian rĂ©gimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men’s inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth.
    Simone Weil (1909–1943)