Sunday, March 8, 2015
Totalitarian Regimes - Blog #6
In the United States we do not have a totalitarian system, luckily. A totalitarian system is when the government takes control over society along with every aspect of the citizens lives privately and publicly. A totalitarian system is ruled by a single party who has control over the military, communications, police and the economy. An easy example of a totalitarian system was the Nazi's in Germany. Hitler took complete over the government. He is known for his concentration camps where people were placed if they ever spoke out against the government. In chapter two of Gresh's book, he talks about how the government and its power are known as "big brother." This term means that they can see anything and everything that they want to, which the United States government has the power to do. This is definitely a characteristic of a totalitarian system, which is why some people argue that the United States is one.
In todays day North Korea, China and Iraq are all totalitarian governments. In North Korea, there have been reports that human rights are being violated/abused. Some example are torture, slave labor and public executions. In China, students were shot by police because they were using their freedom of speech to ask for a greater democracy. Other people have put themselves on fire to protest the governments demolition of their homes. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein is the best known leader who had a totalitarian system. There were many executions and other violations of human rights. While they are trying to become a democratic country, there are still many violations of human rights that occur today.
When I compare of a totalitarian system to the hunger games, I think of the capitol as Big Brother and the districts as the people. They are forced to follow the rules of the capitol. Their human rights are taken away. There are public executions and whippings, they are sometimes starved and they have little no privacy. There are electric fences that surround some of the districts (if not all) that are meant to keep people in their own districts. In Gresh's reading he said that wealth leads to power. The Hunger Games is the perfect example of this. The capitol people are wealthy with unlimited food, fancy things and nice clothing. The districts starve and don't have a lot of clothing. In the Hunger Games, Panem was originally a peaceful place until the districts rose up against the capitol (Clark, Chapter 2). President Snow then created the Hunger Games as a reminder that there should never be another rebellion. This is something that would only occur in a totalitarian system, which is why the Panem is a perfect example.