Leftism and totalitarianism: more inevitable connections

A “self-evident” proposition is one that is obviously true to anyone who understands it. These truths are self-evident:

8. Leftism and totalitarianism both advocate the government’s having great control over individuals’ economic endeavors and property. If all the preceding truths are self-evident, then it is not clear how a leftwing government can maintain power without controlling speech and thought in order to stop those truths from being communicated, explained, discussed, and understood. If that is true, it is not clear how a leftwing government can avoid full totalitarianism if it is to maintain power.

Quote source

Ryan, J. (2013). Some Self-Evident Truths. Philosoblog. Available http://philosoblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/some-self-evident-truths-self-evident.html. Last accessed 6th Sep 2014.

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