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If you founded a country and act as the sole leader and only form of government running all aspects of the state, is that a totalitarianism or a dictatorship?

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I'd say that's totalitarianism

Dustin wrote:
If you founded a country and act as the sole leader and only form of government running all aspects of the state, is that a totalitarianism or a dictatorship?

I’d say that’s totalitarianism based on the third definition of the word below:

to·tal·i·tar·i·an·ism:
1. the practices and principles of a totalitarian regime.
2. absolute control by the state or a governing branch of a highly centralized institution.
3. the character or quality of an autocratic or authoritarian individual, group, or government: the totalitarianism of the father.

dic·ta·tor·ship
1. a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
3. the office or position held by a dictator.

MagnoliaFan's picture

A Whale's Vagina!

I disagree. Totalitarianism tends to be more about the obtrusiveness and control has the state has over its citizens. Dictatorship gives an individual control of government, usually with totalitarian lapses.

Dustin's picture

I used to have totalitarian

I used to have totalitarian lapses, then I changed my diet.

PatrickMcD's picture

I'm Being Repressed

Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”

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