Totalitarianism as a novel form of “government”

The last chapter of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism raises a disturbing possibility

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“Totalitarianism differs essentially from other forms of political oppression known to us such as despotism, tyranny, and dictatorship.” (H. Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 13)



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