The New Totalitarians

I wasn’t planning on doing a post today, but after hearing Rush Limbaugh on the radio this morning, discussing “The New Totalitarians,” I decided that I needed to share the marvelous insight of Tom Nichols, who is a professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College and an adjunct professor in the Harvard Extension School.” He wrote this piece at the website called The Federalist and it’s titled “The New Totalitarians Are Here.”


He said, “There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between ‘authoritarians’ and ‘totalitaritarians.

Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience,” they just want you to agree with them, “while totalitarians … want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen.” Your average boss is an authoritarian. “Totalitarians are rare.

These are the people who have a plan, who think they see the future more clearly than you or who are convinced they grasp reality in a way that you do not. They don’t serve themselves — or, they don’t serve themselves exclusively — they serve History, or The People, or The Idea, or some other ideological totem that justifies their actions.”

There’s always some grand cause justifying their totalitarianism.

“They want obedience, of course. But even more, they want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining. And the only way to achieve that is to create a new society of people who share those beliefs, even if it means bludgeoning every last citizen into enlightenment. That’s what makes totalitarians different and more dangerous: they are ‘totalistic’ in the sense that they demand a complete reorientation of the individual to the State and its ideological ends.

Nichols writes, “Americans Are Getting Too Comfortable With Thought Control.  I’ve gone down this road of literary and academic exposition –” meaning he’s written this piece and all those other things.  “– because I fear an increasing number of my fellow Americans are, at heart, becoming totalitarians.

[I] mean that ordinary people, and not a few opinion and thought leaders, are adopting the same insane belief that human minds can be molded and shaped and made to think in new ways by sheer force.

[Now], you remember George Takei (imitating Thomas), “Clarence Thomas is just a clown in black face.  He has no business being on the Supreme Court.”  How many times have I pointed out no matter how much the left wins, they’re not happy.  No matter what they get, they’re never happy. No matter what they get, they’re never satisfied.  The reason is that there’s always dissent.  They’re going to be miserable as long as there are people who disagree.  Just the fact that there is disagreement depresses them, angers them, outrages them.  That is intolerable.  That’s what totalitarianism is.

It’s not enough that Clarence Thomas’s side was defeated in that gay marriage case or in the Obamacare case.  No.  What mattered was that he dared write his disagreement.  And what mattered was his disagreement it was an affront to what we think.  How dare he?  And so Clarence Thomas is going to be punished and everybody like him is going to be punished until they see the light and stop disagreeing with us.  You will support gay marriage some day and you will love it.  And furthermore you’re going to end up thinking that it is superior to traditional marriage.  And if you don’t, we are going to continue coming after you.

It doesn’t matter what you think.  If it disagrees with us, you’re finished.  They make it plain in all of these very public efforts they make of destroying people.  The new totalitarian is terrifying because it means that for a fair number of people in what’s supposed to be a democracy, winning simply isn’t enough.  They are not really trying to capture something as pedestrian as political equality nor are they satisfied that if they get it. They’re not really seeking a win in the courts or a legal solution.  Those are all just merit badges to be collected along the way to a more important goal and that is you will agree and you will love them and you will believe them and you will support them and you will recant your dissent.  And we’re going to keep pounding you until you do, and that is what is happening.


Explains a lot…doesn’t it?  George Orwell’s “1984” was written like a prophecy!  And we are living in such times right now!

It means that the people on the Left taking bakers to court, de-Africanizing Justice Thomas, and making Young an accomplice to rape will not be satisfied with winning. For the new totalitarians, prevailing in the courts or at the ballot boxes isn’t enough if there’s still a suspicion that anyone, anywhere, might still be committing thought crime.

Tom Nichol’s subtitle tells it all in one sentence!

Totalitarians want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining – even if it takes bludgeoning every last citizen who disagrees.

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