This essay deals with issues and concerns of totalitarian governments in society.

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Totalitarian Government

Man has fought long and hard to win the right to live in a democratic society, where they are ruled by no one, yet still protected by the government. In many ways, The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is a perfect example of man's struggle between attaining freedom and being so frightened they follow the commands of someone else. In this world there are many countries that have achieved a certain standard of equality among the people, and yet there are still places where one man has the power to decide the way citizens will live, and in some cases, the way they will die.

The 20th century has been a time when many men have been deemed important enough to rule an entire country and kept the world wondering as to what they would do next. It remains a mystery as to how these men, who were often sadistic and cruel, were ever given the right to determine the way innocent people should live.

One man who is best remembered for being the most despicable of dictators is Adolf Hitler, who targeted Jews in Germany, but he is not alone in his unethical treatment of fellow countrymen. Next to Hitler, there is one man who is almost equally as cruel and garnered the world's attention by performing chilling acts, and this man is Idi Amin.

Idi Amin, also referred to as Big Daddy because of his large stature and past as a heavyweight-boxing champ, was born a Muslim in northern Uganda in 1925. He enlisted in the army in 1944 and was appointed deputy commander of the armed forces twenty years later. Amin became closely associated with Uganda's president, Milton Obote, during his time in the army. After some time, Amin devised a plot...