Sheldon Wolin (1922-2015)

Inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism.  It does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader but in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state.  Our inverted totalitarianism pays outward fealty to the facade of electoral politics, the Constitution, civil liberties, freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, and the iconography, traditions and language of American patriotism, but it has effectively seized all of the mechanisms of power to render the citizen impotent.