Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalised.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Because if you lived, as I did, several years under Nazi totalitarianism, and then 20 years in communist totalitarianism, you would certainly realize how precious freedom is, and how easy it is to lose your freedom.
Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorising human beings from within.
A civilisation in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
Robert Maynard Hutchins
A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.
George W. Bush