In both cases, the goal is to quell dissent. That’s because the last thing that anyone equipped with limited facts, poor reasoning, and an austerity of grace wants is to debate critics who may suffer none of these shortcomings. It makes them look bad. The barrel of a gun yields much quicker results without all of the arguing and loss of face. Totalitarianism is the easy way for those in charge.

Martin Hackworth, What do the far left and the far right have in common? An embrace of totalitarianism.