From A Storehouse of Knowledge
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.