Totalitarianism in Latin America

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Totalitarianism in Latin America Totalitarianism is a form of government in which a nation controls nearly all aspectsof public and private life. Prominent examples of totalitarian states include Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany in which the ruling political party was the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, and Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party that controlled Italy. Carolyn Forché, an American poet, argues in her story The Colonel that totalitarian states lack stability, freedom of speech, and rights for its citizens. Legal structures of totalitarian governments give more power to the centralized government, which causes instability in the societies being governed. Forche portrays this idea through his poem stating, “There was some talk then of how difficult it had become to govern”(Force 560). Forche is using his previous feelings of government to explain how corrupt the country the main character lives in. The poem is an allusion to the likes Nazi Germany, where civilians were allowed no legal rights. These regimes controlled “control over the economy, regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism, the use of mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror tactics.” (Arendt W) These set laws put fear into the people of the country making them turn to extreme tactics for safety. “Broken bottles were embedded in the walls around the house to scoop the kneecaps from a man’s leg or cut his hands to lace.”(Forche 559) This use of protection alludes to a need for safety, as the Jews needed protections from the Nazi’s. The instability of the country explained in the poem is showing that these people are in need of protection and safety for their lives. They must think before they commit any action at all. The examples stated in the text by Forche are literary facts to prove the idea of totalitarianism belief in Latin America. Carolyn Forche
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