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Klein, N. (2009).  Michael Moore: America's Teacher.
"But we spend eight to ten to twelve hours of our daily lives at work, where we have no say. I think when anthropologists dig us up 400 years from now—if we make it that far—they're going to say, 'Look at these people back then. They thought they were free. They called themselves a democracy, but they spent ten hours of every day in a totalitarian situation and they allowed the richest 1 percent to have more financial wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.'
Truly they're going to laugh at us the way we laugh at people 150 years ago who put leeches on people's bodies to cure them."
Schwartz, H. S. (1990).  Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organizational Ideal.
"This is the fundamental dynamic of totalitarianism. It alienates people from themselves and gives them over to others. Whatever victories ensue must be pyrrhic. Whatever happiness is to be attained here is not the happiness of the individual. Indeed, it is not happiness at all. It is the drama of happiness attaching to a role that the person performs in a play that is written and directed by others." (p. 16)
Amado, G., Ambrose A., & Amato R. (2001).  The Transitional Approach to Change.
"It might be argued that once a system has moved into a situation that is basically regressive, it does not take long for a vicious spiral to commence that rapidly reduces the effectiveness of the system by diminishing the contribution of individuals in the system and generates suspicion and hostile, destructive forces. Such a view must be qualified, however. The structure and viability of many systems is based on regression—that is, on the dependency of the people within them. Such systems can be called 'totalitarian'. They all institutionalize, or have people unconsciously internalize, a system of values, norms, and rules that have to be followed precisely. Their functioning can be compared to that of closed systems, such as bureaucracies, sects, and some organizations with a high degree of imposed common ideology and culture. If such a system is to be efficient, it is important to realize that the price to pay is the relinquishing of individual autonomy, responsibility, and creativity and the oppression of subcultures (Amado, 1988)." (p. 109)

See also: organizational ideal, authoritarianism, domination, organizational psychodynamics, freedom

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  • Concept: organizational_totalitarianism
    • preferred: organizational totalitarianism
    • alternate: totalitarianism
    • definition: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
    • related: organizational_ideal
    • related: authoritarianism
    • related: domination
    • broader: organizational_psychodynamics
    • closeMatch:
    • keyword-196
    • antonym: freedom
    • linked content:
      • sense: Caesarism
      • sense: Stalinism
      • sense: absolutism
      • sense: authoritarianism
      • sense: despotism
      • sense: dictatorship
      • sense: monocracy
      • sense: one-man rule
      • sense: shogunate
      • sense: totalitarianism
      • sense: tyranny
      • dictatorship
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
      • hyponym of:
      • synset id: 108440630
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