Why do people accept totalitarian government?

People often accept a totalitarian government for a number of reasons. Firstly, a nation can find itself under a totalitarian government incrementally. In these cases, a government slowly erodes the liberties of the society and moves towards totalitarianism. Germany in the 1930s is an example of this. Another reason is that the people simply cannot do anything about a totalitarian government. One of the key properties of a totalitarian government is the repression of the population by the government, thus making it very hazardous to so much as speak out against the regime.