„An armed seizure of power by a highly organized minority party, whether in the name of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, the Glory of Rome, the Supremacy of the Nordics, or any other slogan that may be invented, and no matter how ingeniously integrated with the masses of the population, will normally lead to the totalitarian state. 'Totalitarian state' is merely the modern name for tyranny.“

—  Max Eastman, p. 18
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—  Michael Johns American businessman 1964
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„Every modern state is totalitarian. It recognizes no limit either factual or legal.“

—  Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994
Context: Every modern state is totalitarian. It recognizes no limit either factual or legal. This is why I maintain that no state in the modern world is legitimate. No present-day authority can claim to be instructed by God, for all authority is set in the framework of a totalitarian state. This is why I decide for anarchy. p. 396

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„Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.“

—  Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
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„A totalitarian dictatorship cannot explain; it can only suppress.“

—  Pierre Stephen Robert Payne British lecturer, novelist, historian, poet and biographer 1911 - 1983
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