Liberal Democracy Vs. Totalitarianism

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Liberal Democracy versus Totalitarianism “Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present, controls the past” is the slogan of the Party in Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1949). In other words, in a totalitarian society, the government controls the past and the future by controlling the present; force the society and disrespect the individual rights are the main power of the government. There were some examples of the totalitarian societies. However, there was more examples of the liberal and liberal democratic societies. In the present time, in the world dominate liberal democracy over the totalitarianism. Liberal democracy is softer example of the government’s regime. Therefore, Liberal Democracy is superior to…show more content…
(SAGE, 1998) In a totalitarian society, people cannot express any feelings or personal beliefs; everyone works to make a better future for the Party. As an example, in Nineteen Eighty-Four all the women look the same and it’s one of the factors of the totalitarian form of government. Most of the time, a totalitarian government uses force to change particular beliefs of the society. Second reason, in a liberal democracy, the government does not control society by force, while in totalitarianism, the government could change an individual’s opinion by force. Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. According to Chomsky, if a society has a voice; the people must be speaking the right things. By the right things, Chomsky means the things that are right for the government, however, that right things most of the time are not true; also, they are forced by government to tell “right things”. Therefore, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, the government controls everything, as a result, Winston does not know how long Oceania with Eurasia had been at war. Chomsky also argues that totalitarian administration wields a club in their hands, which they use to somebody who doesn 't agree with their ideas (1991). He concludes that the government changes the ideas of the “wrong” society with force. The
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