April 19, 2024

Totalitarianism and the Five Stages of Dehumanization


In this November 17, 2021 article for the Brownstone Institute, Christiaan W.J.M Alting Von Gesau looks at the basic tenets of the totalitarian movement as described by Hannah Arendt in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism By looking at what we know about totalitarianism as it has developed in history, Gesau hopes to offer some insights on the dynamics of the institutionalized dehumanization we are now experiencing today.

Some of the major topics he discussed in this article include the following:

  • The workings of totalitarianism through the lonely masses, the role of the elite in this system, and the totalitarian propaganda they employ.
  • The five steps of dehumanization and how it looks like

He closes his article by attempting to answer this important question: How do we liberate ourselves?

Referring to the experience of the peoples of Eastern and Central Europe at ending the totalitarian reign of communism, Gesau says, “It was their long process of rediscovery of human dignity and their nonviolent yet insistent civil disobedience that brought down the regimes of the Communist elite and their allies of the mob, exposing the untruthfulness of their propaganda and the injustice of their policies. They knew that truth is a goal to attain, not an object to claim, and thus requires humility and respectful dialogue. They understood that a society can only be free, healthy, and prosperous when no human being is excluded and when there is always the genuine willingness and openness for robust public discourse, to hear and understand the other, no matter how different his or her opinion or attitude to life.”

He adds, “They finally retook full responsibility for their own lives and for those around them by overcoming their fear, passivity, and victimhood, by learning once again to think for themselves and by standing up to a state-assisted by its enablers, that had forgotten its only purpose: to serve and protect each and every one of its citizens, and not just those it chooses.”

Editor’s Note: This article is even more important today, as Canada descends into totalitarianism [see CCLA warns against normalizing emergency legislation threatens democracy, civil liberties, Canadian experience shows glimpse of totalitarian future we can expect if citizens do not pushback]. As we write this article, one quote comes to mind again: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Thankfully for us, some of the atrocities of the past have been well written, and if only we try to pay attention, there are so many lessons we can learn. If this was a planned takeover of the world, then we can history can teach us how to fight against it [see Proof that the COVID-19 crisis was planned to usher in a new world order].

We encourage our readers to read the whole article attached below so that we may find new insights on how we can liberate ourselves and our fellow.

Also, don’t forget to share your insights in the comments below! We love hearing your thoughts.

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