Posts Tagged: totalitarianism

A Fictional Tyrant Come to Life

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At the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada compares Donald Trump with the fictional dictators of two novels that seem to uncannily anticipate the rise of today’s foul-mouthed “politician.” Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here (1935) and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004) both feature totalitarian politicians that will eerily remind readers of Trump’s policies and personality.

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Artistic Oppression

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Where mythologizing dictators and threatening artists intersect, totalitarian art was born.

Find out about this cultural phenomenon and its many historical/contemporary examples.

“The crucial element in the creation of totalitarian culture was the involvement of the state, not indirectly, through the financing of culture, but directly, by imposing a ‘dictatorship of taste,’ as the Russian futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky enthusiastically called it.”

(via @aldaily)

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