It means that a small group – let’s call them the nomenklatura — has absolute control over a much larger one, in every aspect of life, society, industry, and commerce. That control is enforced by:
- a secret police,
- a system of incentives to induce “good citizens” to betray “dissidents” to those police,
- and a system of concentration camps for the dissidents.
Within the nomenklatura there is intense jockeying for advancement, plenty of scheming and maneuvering, and enough backstabbing to make any intrigue writer’s salivary glands go into tenth gear. For there are large differences in the degree of privilege enjoyed according to one’s altitude within the nomenklatura.
Yet all this is rationalized as being for “the people:” the subject group, who must stand in endless lines merely to buy a loaf of bread.
Lightly edited for formatting, via http://www.libertystorch.info/2021/11/22/when-systematic-analysis-is-no-longer-necessary/.