Totalitarianism
(896 words)

1. Totalitarianism is a term applied as a rule indifferently to all systems of total control of individual and social life by the State. It is therefore formally speaking a type of society in which the essential dialectical interplay of spontaneous interaction, and social condition as a pre-established form of interaction, has ceased to be an equilibrium. A given form of social self-interpretation predominates exclusively and consistently and is rigidly institutionalized in fixed systems of administration, public order and the linguistic media of self-interpretation.

2. The usu…

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Konrad Hecker, “Totalitarianism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 24 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_004450>
First published online: 2016



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