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Authoritarianism is the name given to a form of organisational structure in which a wide range of ideologies may be imposed. It has a few common elements:

  • Highly concentrated and centralized power structures.
  • Whoever is currently in charge is to be held as unquestionable and infallible.
  • Rules and laws exist to serve the rulers, not to be served by them. Any rule can be broken by the Elite if it's for a "good cause".
  • No guarantee of civil liberties or allowance for meaningful opposition.
  • Strongly militaristic politics.
  • Strongly anti-intellectual beliefs.
  • Lack of democratic participation in policy making. Rule is by a single political party, or a single individual.

Authoritarianism in its concentrated form is totalitarianism.

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