Political philosopher Hannah Arendt noted, totalitarianism, at its essence, is an attempt at “transforming reality into fiction”. It is the attempt of corrupt and pathological state actors to impose a fictional account of the world onto the entire population. In Nazi Germany it was the idea of a superior race and an unclean people that formed the big lie… Vaclav Havel: …life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies… Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics.
All the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century rose to power amidst thunderous applause as many citizens openly called for the brutal control the defines this form of rule.
WITHOUT MASS SUPPORT & COMPLIANCE THE GREAT MINORITY IN THE RULING CLASS WOULD BE BUT PAPER TIGERS.
The responsibility for the oppression, suffering & loss of life that comes in the wake of totalitarianism, therefore, cannot be placed exclusively on politicians & bureaucrats. A LARGE portion of responsibility must be placed on the citizens who support this form rule, or else do nothing to resist.