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Fascism Anyone? The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism by Laurence W. Britt

Originally published in the Spring 2003 edition of Free Inquiry Magazine

Laurence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. He 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.

Any questions, America?



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comment by dominic friscia
dominic friscia (not verified) on 2013-08-3

all things that occupy is into

comment by Dogg ;)
Dogg ;) (not verified) on 2013-08-4

Makes Sense to me.

I try to Educate myself --- Constantly

I believe WHEN we ALL break out of our 'Comfort-Zones' the change for the betterment of humanity will occur even faster !


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Dogg ;) (not verified) on 2013-08-7

Britain is owned by the Vatican. (Treaty of 1213)

America is a British Colony. The United States is a corporation, not a land mass, and it existed before the Revolutionary War, and the British Troops did not leave until 1796 (Republica v. Sweers 1 Dallas 43, Treaty of Commerce 8 Stat 116, Treaty of Peace 8 Stat 80, IRS Publication 6209, Articles of Association October 20, 1774)

The Pope can abolish any law in the United States (Elements of Ecclesiastical Law Vol. 1, 53-54)

Apostolic Letter of July 11 2013:

Therefore, if the Pope owns Britain, and the U.S.A.Inc. is a British colony, then the Pope owns the U.S.A.Inc.too -- NOT the Sovereign Citizens of the United States of America under the Original United States Constitution.

And with the pope writing that Apostolic letter , effectively stripping away the immunity of all judges, attorneys, government officials and all entities established under the Roman Curia [hint: All corporations are established under the Roman Curia]. All of these "persons" can now be held accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity, for the unlawful restrictions of the liberties of the divine spirit incarnate; for failure to settle the accounts; for continued prosecution of claims already settled, etc.

EVERYTHING 'Under' the Vatican Rule is subject to the last Apostolic letter by the Pope --- I feel sorry for the 'Nasties' -- Time is up for 'them', that's why they're leaving.

Ben Bernanke announced that he is resigning the Federal Reserve effective September 1, 2013.

One of the Federal Reserve Governors has resigned effective September 1, 2013.

Janet Napolitano [Homeland Security] has resigned effective September 1, 2013.

I just found this info and thought to pass it along so everyone can get up to speed with what WILL be happening SOON -- Not sure? But it's gonna be BIG !!! And in Humanities FAVOR !! :)))))


Definition of Fascism:
dictatorial movement: ANY movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism

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greenguy on 2013-08-9

Holy Shit!

With the fall might just come the fall!

Stay tuned, September 1st is only just around the bend!

(click on the link to letter and see at the bottom how it goes into effect on 9.1.13)

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Dogg ;) (not verified) on 2013-08-9

Interesting -- Huh !

RollerCoaster Ride, Scarey & Exciting @ the same time -- Luv it ! :)

Stay Calm, AWARE, and Discerning -- We will ALL be OK.

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greenguy on 2013-08-5

I take this one with a grain of salt because it was written during the Bush-administration - at time when (very understably) US citizens were very disgusted with the government. When I am reading this I am wondering if the writter didn't just list things the US is because he believes the US is facist.

I think it is too, but I don't know if those 16 points are REALLY the characteristics of what facisim is.

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