a sytem of government where the ruling authority extends its power over all aspects of society, and regulates every aspect of life. Totalitarian states maintain their existence by a combination of methods, including secret police, the banning of opposition, and control of the media. Everything in society is shaped to serve the ends of the totalitarian state. Education, for example is rigidly controlled, so as to socialize youth into the desired political attitudes. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were the classic examples of totalitarian states.
Ideology that espouses the complete political, economic, and social control of people and institutions by a dictatorial, single-party regime that is driven by a dogmatism, possesses a monopoly of weapons and communications, and is in charge of a centrally directed economy and society.
A centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.