A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Table
Takings Clause
TARP
Tax Collector
Taxing and Spending Power
Ten Commandments
Term Limits
Territory
Terrorism
Third Party
Three Fifths Compromise
Ticket Splitting
Title of Nobility
Totalitarianism
Town Hall
Township
Township Board of SupervisorsBoard of Commissioners
Township Manager
Treason
Treasurer
Treaty
Trial
Tyrannical
Totalitarianism
In stark contrast to a genuine democracy, a totalitarian government attempts to concentrate all power in a centralized state dominated by one political party. Totalitarianism does not permit a free and open civil society to exist.

In the now defunct Soviet Union, for example, the only civic groups were those formed and maintained by the dictatorial government. There were labor unions, but they were neither independent nor free of government control. There were mass media, but the government owned and managed them in order to prevent people from transmitting information contrary to the interests of the rulers.



By John Patrick, Understanding Democracy, A Hip Pocket Guide (Oxford University Press)