‘What is Totalitarianism?’: Dinner and discussion Aug. 21

From press release

Long-held assumptions about the nature of Totalitarianism prevent Americans from combating the worldwide growth of this insidious ideology, or so says Michael Kleen, a local historian, folklorist and author, who will host a reading and discussion of his article “What is Totalitarianism?” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Stockholm Inn in Rockford.

First published in November 2009 in two parts, “What is Totalitarianism?” challenges long-held beliefs about the nature of Totalitarianism (defined as “total state control”) and lays out the “what” and the “how”: what it is (a way of organizing society, not a type of government) and how it operates (by erasing the distinction between public and private). Finally, Kleen describes the reality of Totalitarianism in the world today, and how some individuals, sometimes unwittingly and with good intentions, promote Totalitarianism.

“Now more than ever, it is important for Americans to understand the reality of this ideology and how to combat it in a free and open society,” Kleen says.

Michael Kleen is the publisher of Black Oak Presents, a quarterly digital magazine of Middle American art and culture, and proprietor of Black Oak Media. He holds a master’s degree in American history from Eastern Illinois University, and his columns have been published in a variety of outlets, including local newspapers like The Rock River Times.

The dinner and discussion will be held in the Family Room at the Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford. General admission is $5 pre-ordered or at the door. Door opens at 6 p.m.; discussion begins at 6:15. Dinner is not included with the cost of admission. For more information, or to order tickets, visit http://totalitariandiscussion.eventbrite.com or http://michaelkleen.com.

From the Aug. 18-24, 2010 issue

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