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Tra­di­tion­al total­i­tar­i­an­ism con­jures images of jack-boot­ed storm troop­ers, death camps and Stal­in-like regimes. In recent years a new vari­ety of total­i­tar­i­an­ism has emerged depart­ing from the norm. Not­ed polit­i­cal the­o­rist Shel­don Wolin calls it the inver­sion of total­i­tar­i­an­ism” and that it rep­re­sents the polit­i­cal com­ing of age of cor­po­rate pow­er and polit­i­cal demo­bi­liza­tion of the cit­i­zen­ry. Unlike clas­si­cal total­i­tar­i­an sys­tems which open­ly boast­ed of their inten­tions to force their soci­eties in a pre­con­ceived total­i­ty, invert­ed total­i­tar­i­an­ism is not express­ly con­cep­tu­al­ized as an ide­ol­o­gy, nor is it objec­ti­fied in pub­lic pol­i­cy.” Cor­po­ra­tions have de fac­to pow­er and have car­ried out a slow-motion coup d’état. How to resist? Wolin says it starts at the local level.