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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    According to Wolin, there are three main ways in which inverted totalitarianism is the inverted form of classical totalitarianism.
    Whereas in Nazi Germany the state dominated economic actors, in inverted totalitarianism, corporations through political contributions and lobbying, dominate the United States, with the government acting as the servant of large corporations. This is considered “normal” rather than corrupt.
    While the Nazi regime aimed at the constant political mobilization of the population, with its Nuremberg rallies, Hitler Youth, and so on, inverted totalitarianism aims for the mass of the population to be in a persistent state of political apathy. The only type of political activity expected or desired from the citizenry is voting. Low electoral turnouts are favorably received as an indication that the bulk of the population has given up hope that the government will ever help them.
    While the Nazis openly mocked democracy, the United States maintains the conceit that it is the model of democracy for the whole world.9 Wolin writes:
    Inverted totalitarianism reverses things. It is all politics all of the time but a politics largely untempered by the political. Party squabbles are occasionally on public display, and there is a frantic and continuous politics among factions of the party, interest groups, competing corporate powers, and rival media concerns. And there is, of course, the culminating moment of national elections when the attention of the nation is required to make a choice of personalities rather than a choice between alternatives. What is absent is the political, the commitment to finding where the common good lies amidst the welter of well-financed, highly organized, single-minded interests rabidly seeking governmental favors and overwhelming the practices of representative government and public administration by a sea of cash.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yes and only now some have recognized that the Plutocrats, with Oligarchs and Theocrats want this country for themselves. They have lots of it now except for the Theocratic part, but they are trying.

  3. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    Lot of truth here look at fracking, took years for it to recover, then look at global warming only now is the truth coming out.

  4. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago


    Most interesting.

    Inre the statement;
    “inverted totalitarianism aims for the mass of the population to be in a persistent state of political apathy.”

    One need only look at our Cable Television and video games.

  5. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Elites like you are always saying things like that.

  6. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    They can discredit a reporter, or two, or two hundred…but they cannot remove a feeling of injustice, of mistrust or even all out anger that regular people have towards capitalism now.

  7. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, over 2 years ago


    Not just toward capitalism, but our three branches of government, and toward those at the highest level of the pyramid. And all with good reason, for having perverted our Constitution and laws to benefit themselves.

    In September 1894, a friend stopped by to visit retired German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. As they were discussing the current political situation, Bismarck said “If things continue on as they are now, a world war will break out twenty years from now, and it will start by some damn incident in the Balkans!” He was correct within one month.

  8. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 2 years ago

    I forgot to add this.
    Although I am not as experienced and do not have the ability to accurately see where current events may lead as did the great chancellor, I feel I have a good inkling of what may come. If things do continue the way there are, with growing income inequality, a corrupted SCOTUS, congressional indifference, a weak executive and growing power of corporations & Wall Street, I fear a time of great, violent social upheaval in our country. Wall Street is more powerful than our federal government, and Washington is on their payroll.

  9. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    One of the most useful quotes I’ve ever run across (unfortunately, I don’t remember the source): “America is not a democracy. It is a corporate oligarchy with a considerable, but steadily decreasing degree of personal freedom.”

  10. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    If I can take a guess, my guess is a collapse not unlike that of the Soviet Union.

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