Robert S. Griffin on Totalism

Totalism involves the fervent commitment to get everybody working harmoniously together in alignment with your particular vision and in service to your particular ends. A totalist outlook goes beyond simply arguing for your position and agenda, trying to persuade people, making your case to them, selling them on your ideas and ways, that kind of thing, and accepting the idea that individuals and groups might not buy your product, so to speak. Totalism supports arranging people’s lives, managing and controlling their circumstances and experiences and rewards and punishments so that they will see the light, your light, and enthusiastically get with the program, your program. Part of this is making sure competing “products” to yours are demonized, marginalized, and silenced to the point that you can in effect operate a monopoly.

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