Is Your "Democracy" Actually a Totalitarian State? Take This Quick Quiz

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Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The USA is already a Totalitarian State with a Ministry of Propaganda that works overtime to generate a flimsy illusion of "democracy."

Is your "democracy" (or republic) actually a Totalitarian State? That is, is it a "democracy" or "republic" in name only? To find out, take this quick quiz.

1. Does your government (federal, state and local) seize citizens' assets without due process? In other words, the rule of law is dead; the state is the law. If the answer is yes, Your "democracy" is already a Totalitarian State. The answer in the USA is a definitive "yes."


2. Does your government impose tyranny by complexity? If so, the average citizen lacks the wealth and connections needed to fight the seizure of private property without due process or recourse. In the USA, the answer is "yes," the government is a tyranny by complexity.


3. Is your government essentially "for sale" to wealthy elites? If the answer is yes, Your "democracy" is already a Totalitarian State--or more accurately, a fascist Totalitarian State.


4. Does your government spy on its entire citizenry? If the answer is yes, Your "Democracy" is already a Totalitarian State. The answer in the USA is a definitive "yes."

Well, you have your answer: the USA is already a Totalitarian State with a Ministry of Propaganda that works overtime to generate a flimsy illusion of "democracy." Please read the following links if you seek documentation of these systemic abuses of centralized power.

Orwell and Kafka Do America: How the Government Steals Your Money--"Legally," Of Course (March 24, 2015)

Government in the USA is expropriating the private property of its citizenry without due process on a vast scale. I have provided documentation of this extraordinary reality many times over the years.

The various levels of government have a variety of "legal" (haha) means to steal your property without due process or recourse: civil forfeiture, absurdly expensive traffic fines that lead to jail sentences in the local debtors prison-gulag, forfeiture of assets, including land, should government agents find the marijuana plants they planted on your property (surprise!), the state steals your money in a bank account and notifies you after the fact that the state suspects you owe it taxes, though they have zero evidence of that claim--and on and on.

The courts place no limits on the central state's power, for they are simply one side of the same statist coin, and so we have a totalitarian kleptocracy that in true Orwellian fashion claims it is a functioning "democracy":

Criminalizing Poverty For Profit: Local Government's New Debtors Prisons (October 20, 2009)

"Upholding the Law" or Simply Theft by Other Means? (October 26, 2009)

Theft By Other Means II: When the State Steals Property, Is It Not Theft? (November 10, 2009

State Over-Reach: Stripmining the Citizenry for Fun and Profit (November 13, 2009)

Death of Donald P. Scott (Wikipedia); (source):

"In October of 1992, millionaire recluse Donald Scott and his bride of two months, Frances Plante Scott, lived in a storybook wooded valley in the mountains high above Malibu, Calif. Trails End Ranch is almost completely surrounded by state and Federal park land, and the neighboring government entities had made numerous attempts to buy out Scott and annex his property.


Stymied in their attempt to buy the Scott ranch, government officials hit on an alternative plan. Contending an officer had seen "marijuana plants growing under the trees" during a drug-seeking overflight, agents from various jurisdictions gathered quietly outside the locked gate to the ranch in the morning mists of Oct. 2, 1992.


After greedily studying the maps of the 200 acres of prime land they were told they'd be able to grab under federal asset seizure laws should they find as few as 14 marijuana plants, they cut the chain on the gate with bolt-cutters and raced a mile up the dirt drive to the ranch, complete with police dogs.


Frances Scott was in the kitchen, brewing her morning coffee, when dozens of men in plainclothes and brandishing guns -- no badges or warrants in evidence -- came swarming in. Understandably, she screamed for her husband, still asleep upstairs.


Donald Scott, 63, came hurrying down the stairs, a handgun held over his head. The officers shouted for him to lower his weapon. He did. They shot him dead."

Your government in action--completely legally, of course. I hope you approve. The irony of tragedies like this is that when young Americans faced similar "law enforcement" tactics in the late 1960s and early 1970s via COINTELPRO and other blatant violations of constitutional rights, we were written off as radical hippies who were a threat to something (certainly not democracy, but "something." Like perhaps an illegal war and an out-of-control secret government?)

Now that average citizens are facing similar tactics, they might find it interesting to study the COINTELPRO campaign of the FBI and other "law enforcement" officials against the anti-Vietnam War movement three decades ago.

According to attorney Brian Glick in his book War at Home, the FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO:

1. Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.


2. Psychological Warfare From the Outside: The FBI and police used a myriad of other "dirty tricks" to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.


3. Harassment Through the Legal System: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, "investigative" interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.


4. Extralegal Force and Violence: The FBI conspired with local police departments to threaten dissidents; to conduct illegal break-ins in order to search dissident homes; and to commit vandalism, assaults, beatings and assassinations. The object was to frighten, or eliminate, dissidents and disrupt their movements.

I've published many first-hand accounts of the kleptocratic predation of the state of California. I invite you to read this carefully:

Welcome to the Predatory State of California--Even If You Don't Live There (March 20, 2012)

First the state steals the $1,343 and authorizes its parasitic predatory bag-"person" Wells Fargo Bank to steal another $100 for handling the state's theft.

A week or two later the citizen is notified of the theft as a fait accompli. Now the onus is on the law-abiding citizen to attempt to reclaim his own money from a distant, all-powerful Kafkaesque state agency. How can this be legal in a nation supposedly operating under rule of law?

Let's be very clear about what happens here in America on a daily basis:

1. The state (or other agency of government) steals citizen's money without due process.


2. Then, in a move akin to the executioner making the condemned buy his own death bullet, the state authorizes the "too big to fail" corporate bank which received billions in taxpayer bailouts to steal $100 from the citizen for the digital theft of his money by the state.


3. If the citizen needed that money to pay rent, buy medication to stay alive, etc., tough luck, Buckwheat, the state of California has your money before they notify you of the purported tax liability and now you enter the Kafkaesque insanity of pleading for a "refund" of your own money from an agency designed to thwart transparency and the reclamation of your own money.

So if you get evicted and are living in a cardboard box and pass away due to inability to buy your meds, hey, the State of California's political class and special interests could care less: they want your money and the rule of law doesn't apply to them.

If you understand that a purported tax liability is one issue and due process is another far more important issue, then you understand that we now live in an totalitarian nation where "rule of law" is only invoked at the convenience of the political and financial Elites for propaganda purposes.

The state of California has three basic methods of looting law-abiding citizens:

1. The old "you didn't pay a $25 filing fee, the fine is now $499 which we took from your bank account." Never mind you have the cancelled check endorsed by the state, proving they received it and cashed it; the Board of Kafkaesque Authority claims "we didn't get the check" and loots your account for the $499 (true story.)

2. "Fishing expeditions" where companies and citizens are dunned for taxes and fees they might owe, though there is no evidence they do in fact owe fees and taxes. I received many emails describing these fishing expeditions, for example, merely having a license is "evidence" that you must have unreported income.

3. Enforce all sorts of dubious claims, most importantly:

A. That anyone collecting a pension from work performed while residing in California is liable for California taxes on that pension, regardless of where they live;

B. Any income resulting from something invented in California must be reported as income in California, regardless of where the income is derived from or where the inventor now lives.

In other words, residency has no meaning. Any income remotely connected to California--for example, you had the idea while residing in the state--obligates you to pay California income tax on that idea in perpetuity.

You know the dominant emotion that the government at every level generates in law-abiding, taxpaying citizens? Fear. And for good reason.

Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 1: Our One Last Chance to Preserve the Bill of Rights (March 26, 2012)

Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 2: Law-Abiding Taxpayers Are Treated as Criminals While the Real Criminals Go Free (March 27, 2012)

"I received a letter last year that we owed the state of California's Franchise Tax Board $90,000 for taxes in the year 2008. We replied to the Franchise Tax board in a similar manner as RT stating that:


-- Did not reside in California in 2008

-- Did not file a State income tax return in California in 2008

-- Did not have any outstanding tax issues with California in 2008

-- Did no business in California in 2008

-- Owned no property in California in 2008


The CA Franchise Tax board responded by putting a lien on us in the state - fortunately, our banks and assets have no business in CA or I am certain our accounts would have been robbed as well.


After a great deal of uncertainty and angst, I found an accountant in CA who advised us that we needed to file a complete CA tax return for 2008 even though we did not owe any tax. We filed the return and received a response that we owed the state $625 to cover the State's collection fees. We paid the fee and within two weeks received a "refund" check for the $625.


On reflection, we felt as if we had been "held up" by some powerful gangsters and if it had not been for an honest tax accountant we would have suffered much financial damage."

Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 3: We had to Destroy Democracy in Order to Save It (March 28, 2012)

Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 4: "Consumer Protection" Just Another Federal Reserve Power Grab (March 29, 2012)

The Dodd-Frank bill, like Obamacare, is tyranny by complexity. Consider the Glass-Steagall Act, at 37 pages in length, and the 2,319-page monstrosity of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

If you still doubt the government is the tool of elites, please read this:

The Purchase of Our Republic (by Y. Falkson) (June 5, 2014)

Centralization and sociopathology are two sides of one coin: the central state:

Centralization and Sociopathology (May 21, 2013)

At the lower levels of the kleptocracy, employees of the government enrich themselves by legalizing their own looting.

Pay Our Pensions Or We'll Throw You in Jail: the Legalization of Looting (March 19, 2014)

"Improving Public Safety" and Theft By Other Means (January 15, 2010)

What happens to once-legitimate governments that devolve into totalitarian kleptocracies? They lose their legitimacy ("the Mandate of Heaven") and fall.

Smith's Neofeudalism Principle #1: If the citizenry cannot replace a kleptocratic authoritarian government and/or limit the power of the financial Aristocracy at the ballot box, the nation is a democracy in name only.

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Truther's picture

Sorry to say but this country, after what the Neo Trump just did, is fucking totalitarian.

Truther's picture

BTW, That Nicky bitch at the UN, needs to shut the fuck up.

booboo's picture

But who will build our roads (sarc)

turnoffthewater's picture

And who will supply nat gas to Europe. Follow the money

A Nanny Moose's picture

On a long enough timeline, all Demockracy is totalitarian.

Mareka's picture

CHS kept this one under 80,000 words.
Much more readable, thanks.

boattrash's picture

But we can fix all these tyrannical problems if we launch strikes on Syria.

hardmedicine's picture

i am actually nauseous to see the syrian strike

I can't believe they have just taken over the trump presidency.  FuCK YOU DEEP STATE AND NEOCONS. 

What happened to repeal of obamacare????

What happened to cutting our taxes?????

What happened to focusing on the issues of America FIRST??

What happened to taking down all the regulations


We have no business there.  This is only creating more REFUGEES!


piloto caliente's picture

He has become almost as bad as Hillary would have been.

Cthonic's picture

Fool you once, shame on them.  Fool you for sixteen years and five months...

StagStopa's picture

Fooled for 54 years. The assassination of JFK. The end of America. 


hutnela's picture

This should be our line in the sand.  In a last ditch effort to confront the demise of our country the people elected MR T, and now that it has all but failed, the burden lies on us to fix this mess.... with out the politicians. Its time to start seperating ourselves from this corrupt government. Its time to start building communities that are soverign, self sustaining,  and that are as seperate from the government as possible. At this point, a showdown is inevetable, but a self sustaining community of like minded individuals that cut them selves off from the governemnt has a greater ability to stand during that showdown, than single individuals or families.

Stop paying taxes -"but if you stop paying, the government will come for you!"- they are already coming for you, its time to resist.

Stop using money -"but how can we survive without money?" - a self sustainging community with a barter system, and simple judicial system so settle disputes, people with trade skills, because you dont need to buy what you can make

Leave the big cities - "but we cant afford land!" - Somewhere out there a likeminded individual has land and is working on building a community, find them. Or, form the community, then all pitch in on some land (thats how the east indians end up owning all the hotels)

No excuses, its time to make a choice. Seperate yourself from this corruption, or embrace it.

StagStopa's picture

Well said. I reached the same conclusion 25 years ago when I watched well fed goons torch the church in Waco with kids inside. 


chubbar's picture

The whole world is cheering this bombing of Syria. I'm sure the poor bastard e-1 recruit who pulled guard duty that night and is in a 1,000 pieces is pretty fucking happy about it.

All I hope is that the deep state is happy with this response and that Russia is OK with the deal. The gas attack is bullshit and I'm hoping they can make sure they don't get blamed for another one. Not sure how they go about doing that.

Sanity Bear's picture

Virginia passed a law authorizing a $3250 traffic fine. It was introduced by a Delegate (state legislator) whose regular business was legal services to defend traffic violations.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Nice, we're lower than a Banana Republic because those people would be rioting over some shit like that.

We take it like cucks.

Dr. Engali's picture

A democracy is a totalitarian state Charles. It's tyranny by the masses you dumb fuck.

Ms No's picture

The whole idea of the republic is just going down the memory hole.

alphasammae's picture

You are lucky.  I had similar situation happen with me with the State of California but in my instance even though the State were not due any payment due to taxes, they liquidated my Retirement IRA at Schwab and I let go as I only had $3,500 and I did not want to spend more money in attorney fees to recover my fund. The State of California will not consider any delay to filing taxes even if the tax filing will result in no tax or loss and a credit to taxpayer. If there is any delay they will block bank accounts and liquidate bank accounts. I thought that an IRA is a Federal retirement plan that cannot be touched until age 55 and over. It did not matter the State unilaterally took the retirement.

alphasammae's picture

On another bad experience with the State of California, I share:

Before I left the State of California to go on an overseas job assignement. I decided to give away my Pathfinder Truck worth $4,000 as a gift to someone I knew who was in dire need of a vehicle and was broke. We went to the DMV and I wrote a Deed of Gift on the vehicle and notarized the registration papers to give the truck away. I turned the keys over, the notarized DMV transfer gift and signed registration card transfer to this person. He did not have the insurance so thie person mentioned he would take the transfer paperwork to get insurance in the vehicle and he would return to DMV to get new tags and new registration and title from the DMV. I believe he had 30 days to bring insurance and register etc.  >>>>> Unfortunately he never returned to the DMV with the paperwork and since I had left the Country and nver heard back from any one I assumed the matter had been closed.

Four years later I got mail from my bank stating that the State of California had withdrawn $2,800 for due registration not paid fees plus penalty on the truck. The morale of the story is that do not rely in just signing a registration card transferring a sale of a vehicle for payment. The buyer may opt to not go to the DMV and keep riding car ilegally and you may have to foot the bill for past due registration fees after car was sold or transferred.

Nunyadambizness's picture

Or, don't live in the communist state of Kalifornia.  I won't ever live there again, that's for sure.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Funny thing, that I still remember some traveling nurses in the family working in California then getting a nice little IOU instead of taxes they overpaid to the state. Hell, I guess they finally got their money, I don t' know but you gotta admit an IOU is pretty shitty even if it's for a month or so while the west coast liberals plot 24/7  more ways to spend your taxes that just happen to coincide with their agenda of maintaining political power.

wisefool's picture

Good article, but here it is for the TLDR crowd.

  1. The USA tax code is 3000 pages of law. There are 70,000 pages of instructions for that law. There are entire floors of law libraries filled with books also dedicated to the tax code.
  2. The war powers act is one page.
  3. The printed constituion is typically less than 20 pages. Including the bill of rights.


Guess which one you have to comply with or you will die alone chained to a bed in an IRS prison? Guess which ones "are just peices of paper"

Pro Level: Explain that solution with the interactions of all 3.

You might live in a permanent war totalitarian state, whic could not be sustained but for WWII era tax code framework. That uses propaganda, hoaxes and false flags. For now. When they get our guns using those hoaxes, they won't even give us the lies ... And crisis actors will use the tax code to set up tax avoidance 501c3s to get rich off gun grab hoaxes that were already funded by the tax payer ....

Satan himself could not dream of a more evil system. Much less design and implement.

Nunyadambizness's picture

Oh, but you see, he DID.  And he's still working through the Marxists and Fabian Socialists who are still trying to overthrow this government.  It is BECAUSE these leftists have had so much influence that we are at this point in our history--they are almost complete in their turning of America into a leftist "Utopia" where anyone who doesn't go along with hte state is simply eliminated.  

quax's picture

These days, I live mostly in Canada and Germany, and I love to take Iceland Air when moving back and forth. So I took the test for all three countries, and are happy to report that they pass.

So just for comparison I also ran the test for Russia. Not looking too good.

allthegoodnamesaretaken's picture

Everytime you go under a traffic light with a camera hooked up to it, just know, you are in a place where the citizens are first last and always.  What a bunch of ugly stupid creaturs we have become.