DEFINE INVERTED TOTALITARIANISM = MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS KEEP 99% IN PERSISTENT STATE OF POLITICAL APATHY
DEFINE: Inverted Totalitarianism = Term coined by political philosopher Sheldon Wolin in 2003 to describe US GOVERNMENT = illiberal democracy = A system where corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy and where PROFITS and BRIBERY trumps politics. = Every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited as the citizenry are lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties and their participation in government through excess consumerism and sensationalism until collapse
Wolin = Illustrate similarities and differences between the US governmental system and totalitarian regimes of 1930s Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union. =
Wolin = Totalitarianism of Nazism and Fascism consolidated power by suppressing liberal political practices that had weak shallow cultural roots.
Wolin = USA has become increasingly totalitarian as a result of the military mobilization to address THE SO-CALLED AXIS OF POWERS in the 1940s, and during the Cold War to become a “Superpower” driving towards totality, but cleverly uses the words of liberalism and democracy but doing the opposite. = NEOLIBERALISM
Inverted Totalitarianism = Nazism turned upside-down = Driven by an ideology of the cost-effective PROFITS rather than of a “master race” = The material rather than the “ideal.” But for public relations reasons uses CLEVER WORDING of Liberalism and Democracy!
3 ways Inverted Totalitarianism inverts classical totalitarianism = Multinational Corporations, instead of the STATE, through political contributions and lobbying, dominate the USA + Uses Bribed GOV as the servant to MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS (considered “normal” rather than corrupt) + Multinational Corporations keep the 99% in a persistent state of political apathy rather than Germany’s constant political mobilization of the population. = ONLY type of political activity expected or desired from the citizenry is voting with very low turnouts. = THE LARGE MAJORITY has given up hope that the GOV represents them.