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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. -- Not to perambulate || John Cowan <jcowan@...> the corridors || during the hours of repose || in the boots of ascension. \\ Sign in Austrian ski-resort hotel