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When, if Ever, Is a Totalitarian Government a Good Political Solution?

In "The Hunger Games," the people of Panem are living under the dictates of a totalitarian government. The government's hold over people is so strong that its leaders can order a group of young people, called Tributes, to fight each other to the death. The last person standing is the "winner" of that year's games.

Can you envision any circumstances which would justify a totalitarian government?  What would those circumstances be?  How should such a government be structured?   

 


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