What is a quotation about totalitarianism, and how has totalitarianism been evidenced in society?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Noam Chomsky is one of America's leading political thinkers and activists; this Chomsky quote is indicative of at least one area in America which he believes has already become a totalitarian state:

It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions - you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism.

If his premise that totalitarianism has invaded large corporations is true, then America is the home of business totalitarianism. Chomsky posits that totalitarianism is evidenced in American society by the nature and magnitude of corporations.

Of the five hundred largest corporations in the world, one hundred and thirty-two of them are located in the United States, more than twice as many as any other country in the world. Not including government employees, the second-largest employer in America is large businesses, which hire thirty-eight percent of the work force. In fact, the largest private-sector employer in the world is American: worldwide, WalMart employs 2.1 million people. 

Though the United States is still a place where small businesses can be created and flourish, it is also the home of giant corporations; and it has significantly more of them than any other country in the world. 

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