The problem is that reality has become so absurd, that satire is no longer a comedic device.
Totalitarianism is a concept that describes a form of government or ideology characterised by centralised control over all aspects of public and private life.
Under a totalitarian regime, the ruling authority seeks to dominate and regulate the thoughts, behaviours and actions of its people. However, while we often associate totalitarianism with extreme cases in history, it can also manifest in subtle ways in modern politics, business and society.
As noted by Mattias Desmet, the rise of totalitarianism can be traced back to the early 20th century.
But totalitarianism is not confined to historical instances alone.
In recent times, we have witnessed varying degrees of totalitarianism in different parts of the world. Some countries may display authoritarian tendencies, limiting freedom of expression, and curtailing civil liberties. Others might exert control through surveillance mechanisms or restrict access to information. While these examples may not exhibit the full extent of totalitarianism, they highlight the pervasive nature of centralised power in different forms.
Of course, the Covid™ era is a blatant example of totalitarianism from the subtle to the severe.
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