Totalitarianism, Ideology, and Propaganda

  title={Totalitarianism, Ideology, and Propaganda},
  author={C. W. Cassinelli},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={68 - 95}
  • C. Cassinelli
  • Published 1 February 1960
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Politics
THE COMPREHENSIVE AND DETAILED control of all ideas, beliefs, and statements is one of the most problematic features of totalitarian regimes. Several theories of totalitarian "ideology" have been presented to explain why political, philosophical, artistic, scientific, and historical ideas must conform to what the leadership considers "correct." In this essay I shall defend the hypothesis that the totalitarian leadership approaches ideas with the purpose of creating the maximum insecurity among… 
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