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Sunday, July 31, 2011

the distinctions between authoritarianism, totalitarianism and fascism

Authoritarians are concerned when authorities are disobeyed. Authoritarians may value creativity besides innovation in how to do what the government wants, but totalitarians fear it. Totalitarian governments want their citizens to innovate in how to advance the government's stated agenda, but they don't want its citizens making even apolitical art - they fear creativity that isn't applied toward the states' goals.

Fascists don't like art unless its profitable for industry. They believe that industry will increase the power of the state if the state simply assists industry in increasing its profits. The prison-industrial complex1, in which the state provides contracts to the prison industry and the prison industry develops and runs prisons, is an example of a fascist system.

1http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/23-2

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