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FYI: The 14 Characteristics of Fascism From Free Inquiry Magazine (US IS There Already!)

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Powerful and Continuing Nationalism Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs,. Please note, comment, and forward. We live already in a fascist government no matter who wins in November????


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 12:47 pm
Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile),

The 14 characteristics are:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

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.

Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

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.

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.

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 .

Janis K (129)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 12:50 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 12:50 pm
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.

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.

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.

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.

Copyright © 2003 Free Inquiry magazine
Reprinted for Fair Use Only.

****From Fiona.....We have had fraudulent elections since Scalia's Supreme Court Vote Gave The Election To George W. Bush...and now since Wikileaks with their release of the DNC emails showing the prejudice against Bernie Sanders....there can be no way to deny fraudulent elections by intent throughout the process of the election.

Roger G (148)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 12:53 pm
noted, thanks

Carmen S (611)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 1:20 pm
Another wakeup, thanks Fiona.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 1:28 pm
We all want only peace and no wars, and it is more than time for a major political change. Thanks for sharing Fiona.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 2:28 pm
Yup! As our old friend Just Carole has been saying for years, and years ago already.
Thanks Fiona!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 2:57 pm
Shared article over social media.

Pretty much describes large portions of America, Europe and Britain, and also explain why BREXIT was successful.

Animae C (509)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 3:29 pm

Kay M (46)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 3:55 pm
Good afternoon and thank you for the heads up on this article -which I read and noted- we all better read and understand this go and get registered to vote then in NOVEMBER go to the polls and vote--get your family friends and neighbors to do the same - only by being educated on the issues and determined to work toward solving our problems together are we going to keep our democracy ---I pray we all make the right choice ---our lives will depend on it - if we make the wrong choice putin and trump will finish what hitler started ---the complete domination of the world and thew enslavement of all of its inhabitants --trump will be KING OF AMERICA AND JOINT DICATOR OF THE WORLD -along with p;utin- trump will take this half and putin will take Europe and his half GOD HELP US ALL ---sincerely KAY M.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 8:18 pm
It seems that things don't change much! This article dates from 2003 - & Bob quotes Orwell from 1944
And I don't think there has been much progress in countering fascism!
In fact, politicians make good use of fascist tendencies in the population when it suits them to encourage it.

Yes, I'd agree with Darren - the tactics of Farage, Johnson & Gove definitely reflect many of these fascist characteristics.
Claiming that a majority of the "electorate" chose to follow them is not actually accurate.
A small majority of those who cast their votes chose to follow them ... only to find that within hours of the results being announced, these panicked "leaders" were claiming they hadn't said (or hadn't meant) those messages that had persuaded many to vote their way ... then the leaders ran off ...

Had the % difference been inversed, Farage had already made clear that such a % wouldn't represent a true majority ... Of course, he hadn't expected a Brexit win.

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 10:15 pm
Noted ty

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday August 6, 2016, 11:45 pm
Yes, Evelyn. . . Had Cameron had a whiff of believing he wouldn't win the BREXIT REMAIN VOTE, he wouldn't have called it. . . it's the ONLY thing I agreed with him on.

Without a shadow of doubt, regardless of Bob's contention of it being a democratic vote, voter's were swayed by the fear-mongering predicated by the right-wing Presss/Media (MOST of our mainstream press is right-wing, and the Daily Express and Daily Mail in particular ran a campaign that concentrated on EVERY NASTY aspect of Europe, down to unelected Eurocrats lecturing and dictating to us (WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK THE House Of Lords is . . . UNELECTED and ABLE TO VOTE on legislature?!?).

Because most of the masses are conditioned into the mindset of Patriotism, GREAT Britain, and not wanting our borders overrun, their fears and suggestibility was brilliant played by the EXITers and the right-wing press.

Every person I spoke to on Immigration hadn't and haven't the faintest clue about the CAUSE of Immigration, preferring to latch on to the easy "them and us" watered down argument of Immigrants stealing our jobs, etc.etc.etc.

BTW, the vote was 51% to 49% so hardly a majority, AND a significant proportion of the electorate DIDN'T vote, as they were sick and tired of hearing the same hate-filled stewed garbage coming out of a fascist, racist, xenophobic school of thinking.

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 4:05 am
So true Fiona.

Frances Darcy (92)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 7:17 am
Thank you , Fiona

Peggy B (43)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 9:09 am
Wow. The slow brainwashing is working.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 11:40 am
"Fascism should more properly be called Corporatism because it is the merger of State and Corporate power." Benito Mussolini

Just Carole certainly did, I miss her on here. We lost a few people during the Zen banishment.

In 2007 I bought the book The End of America Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf
It was a book she wrote as a citizen's call to action - it's been on my desk since then and I see it each day as a reminder of why I do what I do.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 11:48 am
Can't anyone spell Donald Trump?

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 12:26 pm

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 12:28 pm
I just signed these two petitions, and was struck by what a fascist picture they paint, and then came to the News Junkies email and saw this article. If you agree with me, please sign and share:

(The low number of signatures - and the low goals - break my heart.)

Angelika R (143)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 12:42 pm
"only by being educated on the issues and determined to work toward solving our problems together are we going to keep our democracy " -Kay M.
Yes, I truly hope you too will start doing that. It would stop you from writing nonsens.
For a start read this:
The 'thugs' are sitting at other places, not Moscow.

Wendi M (9)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 12:52 pm
So very scary TYFS Fiona

Janet B (0)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 12:55 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 1:22 pm
Noted. Thanks, Fiona.
Signed both petitions posted above by Joanne D.
Yes, if any of us were unsure before, this article nails it. Although, I keep hearing "fascist plutocracy" in my head, I'm not sure if that is redundant, but certainly seems correct to me.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 1:52 pm
Thanks for the post, Fiona. And thanks to Bob H for more clarification.

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Sunday August 7, 2016, 1:55 pm

Knud Thirup (53)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 2:35 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 3:56 pm
"Fascism should more properly be called Corporatism because it is the merger of State and Corporate power."
- - - Benito Mussolini

"This fabricated quote and doesn't appear in the Enciclopedia Italiana 1932, where it is often cited to this source. It has long been a favorite of propagandists on both the political left and far-right. Mussolini never made the statement and his economic program was not based on the notion of the aggrandizement of business corporations."

Nevertheless, the quoted text IS accurate, Bob.

Freya H (345)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 5:03 pm
If you really think about it, ALL of these apply to the USA today - to one degree or another. Sad, sad, sad. Only a serious revolution can change things - but there may still be time for us to have a peaceful one.

A storm is coming.

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 6:10 pm
I do not think Rumpy is a fascist, just an emptiness that sucks in all the air around it.
Nonetheless, he has enlivened those who would make the country more, and more, like a fascist state! His HATE message, his immigrants are the common enemy message, his misogyny, his inability to allow for the slightest negative comment, anymore, all trend towards a fascist attitude.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday August 7, 2016, 11:27 pm
Agree with Darren and other comments. Thanks Fiona

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Monday August 8, 2016, 2:03 am
So true, so sad...

Janet B (0)
Monday August 8, 2016, 1:00 pm

Patricia N (9)
Monday August 8, 2016, 1:00 pm
Thanks Fiona. Took me awhile to find out where this info came from and found two sites to inquire into further. Agreed this seems to be where the world is or working towards. Good discussion and ideas to read further and digest.

Patricia N (9)
Monday August 8, 2016, 1:09 pm
P.S. I doubt if Donald knows the meaning of Fascism. He is just a tool and a means to an end. But I could be wrong.....just a thought as he doesn't seem to know history or government or read anything.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday August 8, 2016, 2:33 pm
Your know your fellow human beings have devolved into savage competitive egoists, when all they can do is refer to others as "opponents"

Past Member (0)
Monday August 8, 2016, 3:41 pm
Thanks, Fiona.

Lenore K (0)
Monday August 8, 2016, 5:05 pm

Bryan S (105)
Monday August 8, 2016, 7:53 pm
Thanks Fiona. Well militant nationalism and religious fundamentalism are big hits in the US as as means to keep this fascist system going. And of course there's control of the media, obsession with national security, and corporate powers putting political "leaders" into place. I love it when someone still repeats the old canard that "government picks winners and losers in business" when the opposite is true. Not that government isn't a mecanism to enact socialism for the very rich and strict market fundamentalism for working people.

I blame the sociapaths who do anything to claw their way to the top, and do anything to stay there for the system we have. But if too many people weren't so easily coddled by delusions of nationalistic grandeur and religious supremacy, then we wouldn't have this toxic system. So it's not just the fault of the powerful.

A quick question about Brexit to Darren or anyone. I read a couple articles (on progressive sites) that acknowledged the rightwing aspect of it, but described Brexit as a repudiation of a corporate globalization the the EU represents. I thought an analogy was criticism of Obama. There's plenty of reason to be against Obama: the continuation and expansion of wars in the ME, increased survellience, subserviance to Wall St., pushing the TPP, favorability towards Monsanto and othe biotechs, etc. But of course in any movement against him, the loudest voices would be the Teapary types screeching about him being and unAmerican, Muslim, Communist, dictator, ad nauseum.

So even though there is anti-immigrantism, were there valid reasons for Brexit?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday August 8, 2016, 11:58 pm
Hi Bryan,

As a generalization the main valid reasons for BREXIT were and are:

1. Immigration and Immigrants flooding Britain, our loss of border control, and the threat to people's ability to get jobs, because the Immigrants were and are taking them. Loss of identity, etc.

2. Unelected Eurocrats able to dictate and lecture to Britain. Biggest sticking point for many Brits. Economics/politics

3. Britain paying millions INTO Europe, and seemingly not getting anything back. Economics.

4. Loss of our British identity, caused by the above. Cultural/historical.

The Press/Media machine in Britain is overwhelmingly right-wing and owned by rich Oligarchs, so their portrayal of BREXIT skewered as a result. Everyone I talked to had clearly been fed the above, the loss of identity, border control, and patriotism being the biggest bugbears.

Also, even though Britain is one of the most diverse and multicultural nations on the planet, an underlying current of xenophobia and racism was uncovered and played.

Darlene W (289)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 6:24 am
Noted, thank you.

Thomas M (8)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 11:56 am
Donald Trump reminds me of Benito Mussolini, except Benito was a far better speaker and even spoke in complete sentences. Their personalities are similar and they both truly loved themselves - they were legends in their own minds.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 12:36 pm

Knud Thirup (53)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 3:56 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 6:05 pm

Bryan S (105)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 7:11 pm
Thanks Darren,

2 and 3 of your reasons were mainly what i read about. People resist the stranglehold of the neoliberal economic system, and there needs to be a lot more resistance. I did see a video with economist Richard Wolff where he said that Brexit won't make any difference economically, and that's probably true considering the economic power the elites have.

It's easy to understand that the immigration happening now is overall too much at once, but that certainly is no fault of the immigrants.

Trump reminds me of a snake oil salesman, because he is one.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday August 9, 2016, 11:10 pm
Hi Bryan,
No, it's certainly NOT the fault of the Immigrants. Immigration has been massively and overwhelmingly caused by the continued WARS going on in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, etc. When you fear for you life, you engage in one of two things: fight or flight, and clearly millions are sick and tired of fighting.

Unfortunately, Trump will have a few classes of people supporting and voting for him; those who actually support his views, those who feel completely disenfranchised by the American way of life and the way that the Capitalist Corporate Elite have suffocated and strangled the ordinary everyday working citizen, those who feel that the electoral voting system is rigged and no one is listening to them, and they will buy into any amount of his bullsh$t.

mary f (200)
Wednesday August 10, 2016, 3:28 am
scarey and its working its way everywhere

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday August 10, 2016, 11:08 am
Yep Hillary and Trump both Fascist.

Marija Mohoric (25)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 12:54 pm
noted, very interesting comments

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday August 13, 2016, 2:11 pm
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