Totalitarian dictatorships are a form of government which seeks to control all aspects of people’s lives. It covers many areas of practical life, including politics, economics and social life. These totalitarian leaders justify their system in many ways. This is a perfect example of a totalitarian government. George Orwell illustrates many characteristics of totalitarianism while making arguments against totalitarianism. This book is an open condemnation of Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian dictatorship during the 20th century. The book reveals the flaws in the system that adversely affected the lives of farmers. Animal Farm, which is an original example of totalitarian dictatorships, shows how they are implemented and the impact it has on the lives of their faithful subjects.
The non-democratic political suppression that is characteristic of a totalitarian government makes it different. To totalitarian regimes the rulers believe that they can govern their citizens without regard to the consequences. Animal Farm explores the concept of authoritarianism in great detail. Because he is an individual, Mr. Jones feels that he has the right to make decisions about what happens with his animals. Jones employs irresponsible and unscrupulous personnel to run the farm. The animals are forced to fight for their survival and then killed or maimed when they become ineffective. His behavior is similar to authoritarian dictators that appoint people without any regard for qualifications. These regimes encourage oppression, and violate citizens’ rights. Totalitarian governments can incite terror by their violent and oppressive nature, ensuring that their citizens will be subservient to their orders and willing to surrender their rights.
A third component of totalitarianism is their source power within their country. This ensures that their ideology and propaganda are adopted by the population. In order to retain their control over all aspects and opportunities in an individual’s daily life, totalitarian dictators can create a source for power. Napoleon, in the novel Animal Farm offers job training and education to certain characters but refuses to provide them for others. Orwell, 2019, promises a better life to those who have been denied it (the bulk of the population). These assurances serve to distort public beliefs and perpetuate authoritarian power. Napoleon discourages Snowball from teaching the animals at the farm. He says it’s more important for the children to learn than the older animals. It is a guarantee that the elders will not be able to teach their youth and they will remain in power longer. As in Animal Farm’s case, autoritarian regulations can also distort the ideas of the population, making it difficult for them to make informed decisions and force them to comply.