Ten Steps to Totalitarianism

Article author: 
J.B. Shurk
Article publisher: 
American Thinker
Article date: 
13 April 2022
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

Does anybody still think totalitarianism can't happen here?  Ask yourself how many of these steps we've already galloped past. 

(1) Destruction of Religion

Any belief in a higher power is threatening to the State... America's founding was a product of the Enlightenment's understanding that natural rights and liberties exist apart from and superior to the State's edicts....

(2) Gun Confiscation

Eminent English jurist William Blackstone succinctly observed: "Free men have arms; slaves do not."...

(3) Control over Energy

Whether you believe that anthropogenic climate change is an imminent threat or not, this much is indisputable: energy undergirds all economic activity.... As governments seize greater control over hydrocarbon energy, they seize total control over the global economy.  

(4) Control over Communication

There is a reason Western governments have begun aggressively attacking free speech as "misinformation" or "disinformation... social media platforms and independent publishing sites permit citizens (in theory) to bypass State censors, regulators, and other information gatekeepers to communicate directly with large numbers of other citizens....

(5) Control over Money... By controlling the only legal medium of exchange, government inserts itself into all commerce....

(6) Doomsday Fear-mongering

Government power rests on citizens' acceptance that only the State can tackle big problems. Therefore, government has a natural incentive to invent big problems for its citizens.... Governments have used COVID-19 to mandate personal health treatments, lock down entire economies, censor dissenting points of view....

(8) Elimination of Family

In a free society, the family is the basic unit for self-governance.  In a controlled society, the family is a direct threat to the teachings of the State.  Again Lenin: "Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world."....


(10) Digital Identity Tracking

What started with Obamacare and socialized medicine and quickly expanded with Democrat cities' experimentation with COVID-19 digital passports is set to go into overdrive with the introduction of central bank digital currencies....