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Describe what a totalitarian government is like. Provide ONE - TWO examples of how Stalin turned Russia into a totalitarian state.?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Totalitarianism is when the government seeks to control society by inflitrating the deepest parts of its soul. Human values, such as compassion and integrity, are replaced by the government's will. The educated are killed because their minds cannot be controlled. People whose values cannot be corrupted are also killed, as they too cannot be controlled. Individuality is crushed. The spirit is eliminated. The only moral good is to serve the government's will. This is why it is called "totalitarianism", for it seeks total control over society in both spirit, action, and thought.

    1) The Red Terror - Stalin used Terror to turn society against itself. Those who threw away their integrity and goodness, and then deluded themselves to become Stalin's puppets, and worshiped him as a god, were rewarded with splendour. Those who refused to surrender their humanity were either killed or "corrected" in the gulag. Hitler used the same tactics to create the Jewish police force - Jews actually helped to herd their brothers and sisters to concentration camps because their minds had been warped by the fear of terror and the possibility of bliss if they served Hitler.

    2) Forced snitching - Philosophically, the most cowardly thing a person can do is snitch on someone in order to save their own hide. Therefore, the government paid special attention to the snitches. Those who snitched could be trusted. Those who refused for moral reasons were the enemies of the people.

    3) Public executions - Used to spread terror.

    4) Random kidnappings and murders - Used to spread terror.

    5) Man-made famine - Used to destroy ethnic groups and ties to nationality and country, and spread terror.

    6) Cultural revolution - The destruction of culture, art, and history, with the goal of destroying emotional and spiritual connections to one's homeland and replacing it with the government's goals.

    7) The Gulag - In the Gulag, the best way to survive was to become an informer. Those who did not snitch on their fellow inmates very quickly starved to death. 1 out of 3 people who went to the gulags perished of starvation. Those who did survive were deemed "corrected" or "rehabilitated", because they had thrown away their integrity and values in order to survive.

    Source(s): Bloodlands - Timothy Snyder Mao: The Unknown Story - Jung Chang and John Haliday Gulag: A History - Anne Applebaum The Origin of Totalitarianism - Hannah Arendt
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  • 2 months ago

    I don't know how Stalin could have done that, since Tsarist Russia had been a totalitarian state for hundreds of years. The only way that could be true would be if Lenin created some sort of democracy when the Soviet Union was created, which didn't happen. They had one-party rule and ruled by decree. 

    • Donnie Doom
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      2 months agoReport

      The Tsars were not totalitarian, they were a monarchy. The word totalitarian is thrown around too often by people who don't know what totalitarianism is. Totalitarianism corrupts the deepest fabric of a society, right down to the soul of the individual. Stalin was a pioneer of totalitarianism.

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  • Bent
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    2 months ago

    Stalin didn't turn Russia into a totalitarian state. It was already a totalitarian state.

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    • Bent
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      2 months agoReport

      Well, describe a totalitarian government. There's a Wikipedia article on it. Show how Tsarist Russia fit the bill. The Provisional government that came between the Tsars and Communists never really took control of the country, so it doesn't really count. It was weak and only lasted eight months.

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