Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fascism: Welcome to America

“Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.” — Benito Mussolini

AND APPARENTLY the 21st century as well — at least in America.


In 2003 political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt wrote an article about fascism for Free Inquiry Magazine. Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, Franco in Spain, Suharto in Indonesia and Pinochet in Chile, Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. 





The 14 Characteristics of Fascism

By Lawrence Britt

1) Powerful and Continuing Nationalism 

Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. 

2) 
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause 

Fascist regimes work to whip the public into a unifying frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common foe. Any group will do: liberals, communists, socialists or racial, ethnic and religious minorities

3) Obsession with National Security 

Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. 

4) Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights 

Playing to distrust of perceived 'others' and the obsession for the need for increased security, fascist regimes convince the public that human rights can be ignored. The result is that public tends to look the other way and even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations and long incarcerations of prisoners.  

5) Supremacy of the Military 

Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. 

6) Rampant Sexism 

The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, and homophobia and anti-gay legislation are prominent.

7) Controlled Mass Media 

Sometimes media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. 

8) Religion and Government are Intertwined 

Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology are common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions. 

9) Corporate Power is Protected 

The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. 

10) Labor Power is Suppressed 

Because the organizing power of labor is a threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely or are severely suppressed. 

11) Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts 

Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts. 

12) Obsession with Crime and Punishment 

Under fascist regimes, police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws, and the general public is often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations. 

13) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption 

Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. 

14) Fraudulent Elections 

Elections in fascist nations are either a complete sham or are manipulated by smear campaigns against, and even assassination of, opposition candidates. Legislation is used to control voting numbers and redraw political districts, and manipulation of the media is commonplace. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

3 comments:

  1. O.M.G. This is not a warning so much as a "How To" guide for the new government. Is there anything on this list that doesn't fit? I don't see it. And here I am without a hankie because I lost one on the path today. :( Cuz I just want to curl up and cry.

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  2. Yup -- that'd be dumbass Trump He needs to go.

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