Totalitarian societies are characterized by a single party political system. Party membership is limited to those who are willing to be unquestionably loyal to party leaders. Party interests and control encompass all aspects of society.
Totalitarian states tend to fall to the control of single leaders. These leaders are then made out to be almost superhuman
Totalitarian regimes are characterized by a commitment to a specific ideology. The ideology serves the state by defining the past, explaining the present, and predicting the future. It establishes guidelines for remolding society in the image held by the rulers.
Totalitarian societies seek to subordinate all social institutions to the control of the state and thereby remove all possible challengers to its control. No human activity is without interest to totalitarian rulers. To control the behavior of their citizens, totalitarian regimes recognize no limits to the means by which their ends are achieved.
Totalitarian states attempt-and succeed to a degree- to direct the behavior and thoughts of their citizens by maintaining control over all sources of information.
Totalitarian regimes seek to force conformity on their citizens and subordinate all human activity to their control.
Totalitarian states will use any techniques- physical or psychological to achieve absolute control over society.
The type of totalitarianism which develops in a country is conditioned primarily by the nation's unique historical experience.
Totalitarianism is a political, social, and economic system which uses any means available to subject the individual to the goals and leadership of the state.
All societies cope with the problem of individual freedom versus public control. No contemporary society can be judged to be either completely free or completely totalitarian.