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Fourteen Characteristics of Fascism
After examining the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), political scientist, Dr. Lawrence Britt found that they all had fourteen (14) elements in common.

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. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.


6. Controlled Mass Media

Sometimes the 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 is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

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.

(Used pursuant to Fair Use, compliments of OldAmericanCentury.org)
Sound familiar? :ut-oh:
 

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Hello, America. This is your life!
 

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Duh. Point number 4 is fucking obvious too.
 

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12/14.......and I'm proud to be an American, where at leat I know I'm free.... :rockband:
 
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ericman123 said:
12/14.......and I'm proud to be an American, where at leat I know I'm free.... :rockband:
Which two do you say aren't? I see 14/14!
 

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Which two do you say aren't? I see 14/14!
Disdain for intellectuals and the arts and millitary supremacy.

Edit: 13/14, I guess we do overvalue our unproductive millitary a bit.
By unproductive, I'm poking at the commander and chief.
 
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Disdain for intellectuals and the arts and millitary supremacy.

Edit: 13/14, I guess we do overvalue our unproductive millitary a bit.
By unproductive, I'm poking at the commander and chief.
Dude, this is definitely true of America:
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.
And there is plenty of disdain for intellectuals in America, though I admit professors aren't attacked on a regular basis. But take a look at the second half of that point:
Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
THAT does go on. No denying it.
 

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I'm pretty sure that the government gives out scholarships and grants to students who want to go to college.
Even better, what if they go to a liberal arts college, or become an art major.
Starving artists are just that for a reason, I'm sure the government would like to fund every program that comes it's way, but it simply can't.

The military gets its huge payday due to the fact that it is the military and without it we wouldn't be anywhere near as strong of a country as we are now. Its the foolish ruler that has a weak military and it wishes to be a superpower let alone remain one.
 
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ericman123 said:
I'm pretty sure that the government gives out scholarships and grants to students who want to go to college.
Even better, what if they go to a liberal arts college, or become an art major.
Starving artists are just that for a reason, I'm sure the government would like to fund every program that comes it's way, but it simply can't.
Have a link.
ericman123 said:
The military gets its huge payday due to the fact that it is the military and without it we wouldn't be anywhere near as strong of a country as we are now. Its the foolish ruler that has a weak military and it wishes to be a superpower let alone remain one.
Perhaps, but it's a retard of a ruler who increases the military budget during a deficit when there are much more pressing domestic concerns.
 

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canadian_pov said:
Have a link.

Perhaps, but it's a retard of a ruler who increases the military budget during a deficit when there are much more pressing domestic concerns.
ahhh yes.....and I'm agreeing with you that Bush is retarded. I differ with you in thinking that America is only half way metally disabled, mainly because of Bush.

Also, are those songs still banned from radio play? I only ask because I'm sure that I've heard The Clash play Rock the Casba and quite a few other songs on that list since 9/11.
 
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ahhh yes.....and I'm agreeing with you that Bush is retarded. I differ with you in thinking that America is only half way metally disabled, mainly because of Bush.

Also, are those songs still banned from radio play? I only ask because I'm sure that I've heard The Clash play Rock the Casba and quite a few other songs on that list since 9/11.
Yeah, I really don't know how clear channel works, but they still banned Rage Against the Machine completely. And that's fucked up.
 

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That's more of a reason than ever just to buy all their albums and play them as loud as you can when its legally possible in front of the White House.

Other than the fact that they kick ass :D .
 
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That's more of a reason than ever just to buy all their albums and play them as loud as you can when its legally possible in front of the White House.

Other than the fact that they kick ass :D .
Damn straight!
And America ins't fully facist yet but it's only a matter of degrees (and time).
 

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canadian_pov said:
Damn straight!
And America ins't fully facist yet but it's only a matter of degrees (and time).
i don't see america being a facist state, but i do see the rise of evangelism as an erosion of choice, and thus less 'rights'.. it's a more subtle way of doing it than hitting the populace over the head with national socialism.. but just as effective.

i think we need less intelligent design and more intelligent debate..
 
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i don't see america being a facist state, but i do see the rise of evangelism as an erosion of choice, and thus less 'rights'.. it's a more subtle way of doing it than hitting the populace over the head with national socialism.. but just as effective.

i think we need less intelligent design and more intelligent debate..
It doesn't happen all at once, but over time.
Example #1: this is one of the creepiest things I ever read (and it also proved to me that Americans don't understand irony):
CBS fired a producer of Hitler: The Rise of Evil for statements he made comparing the mood in America to that in Germany when Hitler rose to power.
Edit: This thread has already been done before: the same thread done by VoR
 

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ericman123 said:
The military gets its huge payday due to the fact that it is the military and without it we wouldn't be anywhere near as strong of a country as we are now. Its the foolish ruler that has a weak military and it wishes to be a superpower let alone remain one.
The military wouldn't be near as strong without their outstanding economy. But the point is, if EU and Asia unite economically , your economy isn't worth shit, and your military will crumble as the economy crashes and breaks into a thousand pieces. That's what nationalism does, as opposed to a globalized economy as proposed and put forth by the executives of liberal ideology after the fall of the ussr in the 90's. Globalized means free trade for all, free market free everything. The "bourgeoisie" and monopolies profit most from that.
On the other hand, who profits most from war? Bush's neocons are tied to the militaro-industrial complex, and they're the ones who profit most for war in the entire US. Combine that with the oil industrial complex, wich is also tied to Bush's neocons, and you got yourself a war in Iraq, and many more to come if things keep going on that way.
The neocons feared globalization would overpower China's economy and when put into power, they put the brakes on liberal globalization (lack of government action in the global economy) and proceeded to steer to imperialism, wich is nationalism (including protectionism) combined with war industry and supremacy aspirations. (but I hope the american people won't let that happen for too long)
 

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Scary how I've been worried about the same thing.

I can see it now.....all the fundamentalists line in back of a candidate who makes a scape goat out of the gays and minorities, blaming them for society's aparent degradation. The Republican candidate (most likely) wins the election in states where rural hillbillies outnumber those of common sense and buys the rest of the states that matter with his enormous contributions from companies that are sure to get their cash value out of their investment. This is followed by invasions into Venezuela, Iran and Libya which spark WW3 with China in a fight for oil.

Or something like that. ;)

Edit: Should have quoted Canadian Prov, however, it is odd how this has relevance to what you just posted Rage. I agree. :thumbsup:
Basically, since China is starting to become heavily industialized, I see this as a possible future.
 

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ericman123 said:
Scary how I've been worried about the same thing.

I can see it now.....all the fundamentalists line in back of a candidate who makes a scape goat out of the gays and minorities, blaming them for society's aparent degradation. The Republican candidate (most likely) wins the election in states where rural hillbillies outnumber those of common sense and buys the rest of the states that matter with his enormous contributions from companies that are sure to get their cash value out of their investment. This is followed by invasions into Venezuela, Iran and Libya which spark WW3 with China in a fight for oil.

Or something like that. ;)

Edit: Should have quoted Canadian Prov, however, it is odd how this has relevance to what you just posted Rage. I agree. :thumbsup:
Basically, since China is starting to become heavily industialized, I see this as a possible future.
Yeah I totally agree, it could be a possibility. The thing that scares me most is this : if the democrat and republican party would be (covertly) controlled by the same group of people, democracy would become fake and they would have the path cleared for their long term schemes...
 

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Such as keeping control over global oil resources by having military bases close to each of them, allowing them to quickly interfere offensively.

The only goal of a superpower is to remain one.