Re: CHAT: totalitarianism [was Re: Sexual terminology]
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 3, 2002, 19:20|
Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> But see, that's the big debate among historians of those
> regimes: were they in fact only interested in pursuing their
> ideological agendas, or were they interested in power, and
> used ideological agendas to pursue that end?
Well, all leaders (including those in liberal democratic
states) are "interested in power", I suppose.
> What I objected to originally was the notion that you can
> impose a rigid distinction between totalitarianism and
> authoritarianism. The reality is that regimes that you
> classify as one type typically actually use methods of
> both, but in varying proportions.
Sure. And democratic regimes have had tyrannical
leaders and have engaged in systematic terror on occasion.
Still, I think it a distinction worth making.
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