Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

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Fourteen Defining

Characteristics Of Fascism

By Dr. Lawrence Britt

Source: Free Inquiry Magazine


Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each one.

Black type are the original quotes, and red type are my comments.

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.
Of course it is American to display the flag, but better yet it is becoming so much Un-American to say anything against the country, leaders, or flag.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Torture, laws about spying on citizens, locking people up with no trial or arrest, secret tribunals, secret arrests which by law can put you in a military court without representation.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Muslims are today being singled out as the leading terrorist cause. Just like the Jews in the 40’s, Muslims are all evil and should be exterminated. In order to better identify enemies at home we are being subjected to far worse screening then ever before. This is getting worse and worse. Our “trusted” news anchors are calling for extermination, and nukes over the Middle East.

4. 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.
Oh my gosh, do I even have to mention anything here? You don’t even have to believe anything we say, but it is pretty clear our military and contractors (the military industrial complex) get most of the money in the United States). We need to spend that money on MUCH needed home-side programs.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
This is definitely the case in the USA. Although true Christian ideals are a good thing, please read #8 below as a fascist government twists these truths.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to 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.
Our mass media is way more than controlled. Our government buys multiple millions of dollars of advertisements, and at least a Billion dollars on one campaign of fake news. Our mainstream media just drools over the chance to spout more and more lies from the government, no matter how ridiculous they are.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Are you kidding me? The United States is a total state of fear now. Everything is National security this, and national security that. If something can be suppressed it will be.

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 is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
Most Christian leaders would NEVER in a million years agree with our foreign policy, yet we haven’t spoken up. Christians do NOT believe in torture, killing the innocent, or of many other policies our government is doing. For sure the amount of money laundering, stealing, and outright felonies our government perpetuates goes against all of God’s laws.

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.
Corporatism is the United States one main Achilles heel. There are books and thousands of website postings on this one. Just Google it all up and see for yourself.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
I don’t know much about this one. Maybe somebody can e-mail about unions. We should get some really good labor lawyers to find out what the trend is here.

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 and letters is openly attacked.
This has already started. Many academics have been blacklisted, jailed, and accused of crimes when all they were doing was their normal academic practice. Google this up and you will see a trend here. Once again, if there are doctors and professors out there who have been following this, let me know.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are 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.
A total police state is basically in place. Most federal swat team practices are being implemented in city government police. SWAT teams are now black mask, Darth Vader outfit type cammo gear. It is becoming more and more where our local police are replaced with what looks to be the military. This goes to show that our military and military practices will really replace all normal police in a matter of time. Certainly during any future threat they will all spring into action together and swift. Please look into how much Federal money your local police stations are getting for complying with certain Federal mandates.

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.
This is happening. Many land grabs are happening because of lawyers, officials, and corporations are all in league together. There were trillions of dollars missing from the Pentagon’s budget and then 9-11 happened. Just Google government corruption and you will get quite a laundry list.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
ummm, 2000 and 2004? 2004 was by far the most horrific. It was pretty plain during the 2004 elections that it was stolen. I didn’t necessarily want the other guy in office, but I also didn’t want our Country to elect someone with less than 50% of the popular vote. It also came out afterwards that Ohio and Florida voting systems were rigged by using easy to tamper Diebold (and other) voting machines. Plus Jeb Bush was the Governor of Florida, come on!

Most of these conditions are met now. They are just getting worse every day. Wake up and start reading, or we’re all screwed.

From Liberty Forum


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