Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

B13511 / Tue, 7 Mar 2006 09:11:20 / Civil Liberties
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:
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
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.
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 the only real 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 and letters is openly attacked.
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.
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 – 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.
The above is a summery of the more detailed original article Fascism Anyone? first published in the Spring 2003 of Free Inquiry this article was excerpted from the Feb. 3rd Air America Newsletter by Randi Rhodes.
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Number 15.
The Justice Department can’t investigate the domestic NSA spying program headed by General Hayden, Bush’s man tapped Monday this week as CIA Director, because the government won’t give them the necessary security clearances to continue their investigation. A crime too secret to investigate.
Sometimes no Peace,
GWHunta @ 05/10/06 21:26:10
“ A crime too secret to investigate.”
You have to love the simpleness of it.
They are breaking the law and we know they are breaking the law but we cant prove that they are breaking the law because they have made the crime into a national security secret.
They could tell you what they are doing but then they would have to kill you.
Don’t laugh I am serious.
No really.
They will kill you.
Maybe they should give the American Consitution an above top secret clearence and that way if anyone quotes it they can throw them in jail for breaching National Security and putting the country at risk.
Wombat @ 05/10/06 22:26:51

Maybe they should give the American Consitution an above top secret clearence and that way if anyone quotes it they can throw them in jail for breaching National Security and putting the country at risk.

What they really need is a double-super-secret classification…

truthcansuck @ 05/11/06 04:47:42
thanks for this Hunta, especially #15.
Papito @ 05/11/06 05:03:54

4 Responses to Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

  1. GWHunta says:

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