Police State describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population, especially by means of a secret police force.
A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive. In the police state, rights are non existent and laws are selectively enforced.
The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force, which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.
Other terms: dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, absolutism, gestapo, IRS