Stalin and Totalitarianism?

Stalin and Totalitarianism? Topic: Stalin and Totalitarianism?
July 16, 2019 / By Ace
Question: Hello fellow intellectuals. I have a project to do for a class on Stalin's totalitarian state of Russia. As a result, I need examples of why Russia was totalitarian under his rule, some examples of how he was a harsh ruler, and, well, you get the point. Just examples of these things. Also can you make them specific (not things like "yeah he tortured people and stuff", rather things like "he used NKVD Troikas as a way to strike fear into the populace". Thanks a bunch guys, you're lifesavers.
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Sonora Sonora | 3 days ago
First of all I would define a totalitarian state as: I would argue that all totalitarian regimes contain at least 5 features: 1) The regime must be a one party state 2) The regime must use terror as a political tool 3) The leader must have total control over his subordinates, through political and extra-political means (meaning that they must use fear even on close allies) 4) The regime must control all, or nearly all aspects of the economy. 5) The regime must try to control all aspects of human relations, from trade unions and politics to social groups, education even to marriage and youth groups. (There are plenty of other models of totalitarianism, but the above is possibly the simplest and clearest) Now I would examine the Soviet Union to see if it fits the model. 1) The Soviet Union had been a one-party state since 1918 when the Socialist Revolutionaries walked out of government in protest at the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ending Russia's involvement in WWI. 2) Stalin certainly used terror as a political tool. Lenin had also used terror, but under Stalin the system of informers, political prisons, show trials and arbitrary arrests became institutionalised, 3) When Stalin became General Secretary of the Communist Party in 1922 he used this post to promote his allies and demote or expel anyone (and their supporters) who were, or were suspected of, being against him. He turned a seemingly unimportant post into an instrument to gain and maintain his position. 4) Before Stalin the economic system was mixed, in that it had both state owned and private owned businesses and farms. Stalin changed that. The Five Year Plans and Collectivisation of Agriculture policies put all the means of production (with some, small exceptions) in state ownership. The organisation Gosplan was responsible for drawing up plans for each sector of the economy - how much each farm, factory and mine should produce. 5) Under Stalin the party did try to control all aspects of human relationships. All organisations had to register with the party, and, if large enough, have the party oversee their activities. This applied to everything from factory social clubs to knitting circles and folk dance groups. Youth groups were reorganised by Komsomol (young communists) and the Pioneers (sort of like scouts - but with extra communist propaganda) and churches had to register the names of their congregations. Secular marriages were encouraged, religious ones discouraged. Propaganda reinforced the message.
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Sonora Originally Answered: Why did atheist dictators like Mao, Polpot, Stalin, Lenin etc use unparalleled violence to destroy religion?
Leshawna, do some basic homework. All communist states were based on atheist philosophies. The party line on Christianity was always that Jesus was a 2nd century invention. Religion of any sort was outlawed as a capital offence (and, presumably, a capitalist offence) until recently. A lot of people like to quote that Stalin studied to be a priest. They forget that his crimes against humanity began after he abandoned that for atheism. Nor were the crusades forgotten. The statistic was Christianity comes in a distant third. Even with all the atrocities committed by early popes in the name of God, we still don't reach the heady heights of atheist genocidal tendencies. In any case, the Holocaust was committed by the Nazis. Hitler was an atheist. He made a few comments about an "Aryan Jesus", but the more power he got, the more public he was about his atheism. Basic history. Read the statement before arguing against it, because otherwise you end up looking stupid.

Portia Portia
This Site Might Help You. RE: Stalin and Totalitarianism? Hello fellow intellectuals. I have a project to do for a class on Stalin's totalitarian state of Russia. As a result, I need examples of why Russia was totalitarian under his rule, some examples of how he was a harsh ruler, and, well, you get the point. Just examples of these things. Also...
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Mauld Mauld
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/avy6L Life under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin in Russia was no uglier than life under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler in Germany, Benito Mussolini in Italy, and Emperor Hirohito (or Hideki Tojo) in Japan. For more thorough answers for questions on Stalinism than you will receive here on Yahoo! Answers, see the Marxists Internet Archive.
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Latasha Latasha
Go to the links at the end of these pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitaria... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalinism
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Latasha Originally Answered: Why did atheist dictators like Mao, Polpot, Stalin, Lenin etc use unparalleled violence to destroy religion?
Leshawna, do some basic homework. All communist states were based on atheist philosophies. The party line on Christianity was always that Jesus was a 2nd century invention. Religion of any sort was outlawed as a capital offence (and, presumably, a capitalist offence) until recently. A lot of people like to quote that Stalin studied to be a priest. They forget that his crimes against humanity began after he abandoned that for atheism. Nor were the crusades forgotten. The statistic was Christianity comes in a distant third. Even with all the atrocities committed by early popes in the name of God, we still don't reach the heady heights of atheist genocidal tendencies. In any case, the Holocaust was committed by the Nazis. Hitler was an atheist. He made a few comments about an "Aryan Jesus", but the more power he got, the more public he was about his atheism. Basic history. Read the statement before arguing against it, because otherwise you end up looking stupid.
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