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Totalitarianism

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our 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) American philosopher and author.

Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.

Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.

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