National Security vs. the Right to Privacy Essay

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During totalitarian leadership, many control tactics are used to maintain power. Whether it is censorship, revised history, terror, or propaganda, these tactics ensure that the dictator remains in power. I believe the three most important tactics are propaganda, censorship, and terror. The most effective is terror, because fear can make people completely change who they are as people to stay alive. If you can control what people are afraid of, you can control almost every aspect of their lives. One of the simplest ways of controlling a society is by propaganda. By surrounding your civilians with pro-leader artwork and media, you can eventually convince the people that totalitarianism is actually for their benefit. Using propaganda to sway…show more content…
The black mustachio’d face gazed down from every commanding corner. There was one on the house front immediately opposite. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston’s own…”. This shows how Winston can’t get away from Big Brother, even in the comfort of his own home. It also emphasizes Big Brother as the only leader of Oceania. Winston has no choice but to support Big Brother. In both of these scenarios, there is so much pressure to support the leader that it eliminates your personal choice on what you support. If you are constantly surrounded by pamphlets, posters and radio broadcasts that all project one point of view, the other opinions get completely overshadowed. Your right to form your own opinion from all the alternatives tells a lot about who you are as a person. Using propaganda is one way of taking this human right away. Another very simple, yet effective way of maintaining power is through censorship. If you can control what your citizens know, you can limit what their opinions of you. For example, by not letting the public find out how you have tortured, starved and exiled those who have opposed you, the people will believe you are a very fair leader. By hiding what has gone badly in the country, you eliminate the chance of your citizens trying to change it. Censorship is another control tactic that could have begun by trying to protect people from the truth, but has now gotten
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