Monday, March 26, 2012

14 SIGNS OF FASCISM: THE US GETS A PERFECT SCORE

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. — Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here. (1935)

Regular readers of this column know that I have been shouting from the hills about the dangers of fascism running rampant in this country almost exclusively from the Teatards and the American Taliban. This combination of nationalism combined with fervent religious clap trap is one of the most dangerous political movements to ever rear its ugly head in the history of America and it needs to be stopped. The alternative is that one of these deranged lunatics might actually get into a position of real power and then we are all screwed. Regardless, it may already be too late to stop the spread of fascism across this once great nation.

Political scientist Lawerence W. Britt published 14 signs that a government might be fascist which sounds like a bad Jeff Foxworthy joke: "If you stomp on innocent protesters while screaming USA, USA, you just might be a fascist." Using the historic models of Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Italy, as well as Franco's Spain, Pinochet's Chile, Salazar's Portugal, Papadopolous"s Greece and Suharto's Indonesia he found 14 characteristics that were common in all. The sad part is that we are seeing these same 14 traits in our own government now. Here they are:

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

Flag pins, waving flags and other patriotic signs are hardly a sign of fascism, except when that nationalism crosses that fine line and borders on hysteria. The fact that we are becoming less and less tolerant of other races, especially that of Muslims and Mexicans, spell dangerous territory and could lead patriotism into lynch mobs.

2.Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

Gitmo abuses, the NDAA law and other executive orders now give the President the power of a king. Remember when waterboarding was being debated? And free speech seems to have gone the way of the dodo with Occupy forces under near constant assault from government stormtroopers. Years ago, these abuses would never have been tolerated, but the new "War on Terror" has made people more lenient to giving up their rights, which is never a good idea.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite ‘spontaneous’ acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and ‘terrorists.’ Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

The ultimate scapegoat would be American Muslims who, if things actually deteriorate in the Middle East, may be seeing what the Jews saw in Germany and Japanese saw in the US. Those huge detention centers we've been building are going to get used at some point and I think anyone of Middle Eastern decent or practicing Muslim may be incarcerated quick. But that same tactic is being used against us by the powers that be to divide us all. As the rich have everything, it is in their best interest to keep the masses fighting among themselves: Black vs white, left vs right, anti abortion vs pro choice, the list goes on and on. Amidst all the name calling, no real solutions are even debated. Sound familiar?

4.The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

We spend more money on defense than pretty much all other services combined. Nuff said.

5.Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

See Rush Limbaugh or any GOP candidate for clarification.

6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

Fox News anyone? In 1983, fifty corporations ran the media services in the US. Today, it's six. And not one of them is telling you the truth about a lot of what is really going on in today's world. Goebbels's would have been proud, and surprise, surprise, Fox News was once part of Nazi Germany's propaganda machine back in the forties. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

7.Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting ‘national security,’ and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

Hello, TSA. Obama has also been given powers beyond which any president has ever had, including the right to jail anyone indefinitely, assassinate US citizens with no oversight and to seize private property for any reason, all for "national security."

8.Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the ‘godless.’ A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

This describes every political candidate out there, democrat and Republican alike. They scream from the rooftops how pious they are, then go home to cheat on their wives, steal from the constituents and basically behave like the demons they are. Don't forget that the devil can quote scripture when it suits his needs.

9.Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of ‘have-not’ citizens.

The Citizen United ruling by the Supreme Court has given corporations carde blanche to screw us blue. Plus how many bankers were arrested over the near total collapse of the world economy? Oh that's right, zero. Add the fact that the American people haven't gotten a raise in forty years is truly telling.

10.Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

Unions are being dismantled across the country, with the help of the Teatards and the Amercian Taliban, or the neo-fascists as they should be called. This is the reason we haven't gotten a raise in forty years because we have no collective bargaining power, just a ruling elite working us harder and harder for less money.

11.Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

The  intellectual"elites" are under constant barrage from the right about leftist teachings like evolution or climate change. The fact that neither of these are leftist show the disdain for knowledge. It's why I don't like organized religion as it makes you stupid. Evolution is fact and I, and every scientist on Earth, can prove it. There is more than ample evidence, such as the fusion of chromosome 2 or proto fish with feet, that show evolution is fact and the idea that we are still debating this makes me sick. Bush Jr. was caught cherry picking scientific evidence for political reasons and so is the Church and the Teatards. Ending funding for things like NPR have reached fever pitch on the right while Limbaugh is still a protected voice. Sad.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. 'Normal' and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or 'traitors' was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

The war on drugs has been an abject failure yet here we are forty years later still fighting it with zero effect. The politicians refuse to accept this as lobbyists want the gravy train to continue, even though we have no use for organizations like the DEA and ATF, both of which should be immediately dismantled. There are now more people in jail than during Stalin's gulag reign. It is now a felony to protest near anyone with Secret Service protection, even if you don't know about it. The Teatards and the American Taliban are all for this. Figures.

13.  Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

How many bankers got arrested again for the 2008 debacle? You want to know why gas prices are so high as well? It's because of a law passed in 1999, fuck you very much Bill Clinton, that led to speculations on the newly formed derivative markets, that have screwed us over ever since. It's not drilling but demand on a global basis and speculators that have driven up prices so shut the hell up about drill baby drill. It's not going to work.

14.Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

2000 and 2004 elections were both suspect, with the Supreme Court electing our president for us and in the latter actually saw people jailed in Ohio for fraud, enough that the whole election became suspect, not that the MSM reported any of it.

So there you go. Fourteen fascist ideals and America has them all. Still feel like we're in the land of the free, home of the brave, because we aren't and haven't been for some time. It is inevitable that some douche will become President one day and really show us how fascism works. I doubt Obama would but that guy,but the next, especially if it's someone like Gingrich or Santorum, it would be hell on earth.

16 comments:

  1. I do agree with where you're going here....but - just how many different fascist societies have there been in earth's history, such that a list of such common traits could be compiled?

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  2. As the article begins, political scientist Lawrence Britt uses the model of seven fascist regimes in the twentieth century as models. While I would agree that the number is a small subset, it is enough to demonstrate a significant statistical model of fascist ideals, especially as all 14 tenants are found in each regime. It is also telling that each of the ideals is now found in our society as well.

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  3. Whether in Germany, Italy or now in America, fascism has always been promulgated by the left, not the right. The reason is simple: Conservatives push for more freedom for the individual. Progressives push for more control of the individual by the government by lumping them into groups. Fascism is anathema to conservatives. Unwittingly or not, it's embraced by the left.

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    1. Sadly, in America, that's backwards. Conservatives are the 1. ultra-nationalistic, 2. anti-rights (gays and minorities can't vote, women can't get abortions, you can't do a lot of things under the conservatives), 3 they love to unify against Obamacare, 4 never heard a conservative say war or the military was bad, ever. 5 they're almost all old white men, 6 Fox News is their God, 7 them terrorists and immigrants took er jerbs, 8 Fox News is their God, 9 corporations are people to them and they want to get rid of all regulations so enjoy your cancer, 10 been hating on unions since before it was cool (tip: it was never cool), 11 What's wrong with being one of the folks? So stupid they don't even know it's a bad thing, 12 more prisons in conservative states they love to punish people, 13 Cronyism and corruption? That's their motto, 14 they cry fraud on all the elections, they're the worst offenders. Welp buddy, I don't see any evidence to support your claims from my armchair of I-aint-voting-for-no-republicanism.

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    2. Seriously, if you arent boycotting BOTH political partys by now and still passing blame to one party over the other, you are the problem...

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    3. If you don't vote, then fascism wins automatically. The GOP is a blueprint for a fascist state so they have to go first. And you are also right that many democrats are also fascists and they need to be replaced with people like Bernie Sanders and Liz Warren types. Just giving up is no longer an option. Pick a side because one way or another, the end is coming and keeping morons in office is accelerating the issue.

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  4. Yet another person whose doctrine must be influenced by morons like Limbaugh and Beck. Facsism, by defintion combines aspects of both left and right polices, but do so only to attract enough votes and then eliminated in the democratic process, ala Hitler. Hitler called his party socialist, but once in office turned on the very socialists who voted him in and had them arrested. Sound familiar? The policies favored by noted facsists like Hitler and Mussolini were far right ideas, not left wing. Most experts agree that facsists are combos of left and right wing policies, which are usualy discarded the minute they get the power they want and move to the far right at that point. Read the Wikipedia definition of facsism for more on this point but understand that facsism is never left wing only and is always turned to the right once power has been established. History is not on your side in this debate friend. As for conservatives pushing for more freedom, that is just wrong. They want clear red lines over what is legal in the bedroom and in women's bodies, neither of which is freedom from oversite. Conservatives can't stay out of the bedroom and Liberals can't stay out of the kitchen. I wish they would both just leave us alone.

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  5. You made some great points intill you said that dumb ass shit about us evolving from fish with feet.. so why didn't the other fish with feet evolve lol sucks to be them like the monkeys who couldn't make the cut...I'm not saying I have the answers but at least I'm not scared to admit that...I don't believe in Jesus and all that hoopla but science indicates we are complex formed from what has formed everything else but at this point it is beyond our comprehension which should tell you something what u stated about evolution is theory and has no concrete evidence that can't be disputed...what u have is wishful thinking but the rest of the commentary was interesting

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    1. Then what DO you believe. That evolution is the creation of "something", I.E. like the movie Prometheus or Mission to Mars?

      That's just as much a viable theory that life creates life. Much of human DNA is also a mystery and how we popped into existence with high mathematical tendencies in 10,000 B.C. with the perfect alignment of the Great Pyramids, or example with the Orion Belt.

      Evolution is a "real" thing, but what drives it is determined largely by environmental factors over millions of years. Humans only live at best 100+ years with the improvement of medicine, so our concept of time is cut rather short and only passed on to each generation. We are essentially a species that suffers from Amnesia from our ancient past.

      Evolution can also be determined by DNA tampering, which is proof that life can create life. It however does not make one a "god" to do so. So if an "alien" creates life, it is not a "God" it is merely a living thing that has attained that knowledge.

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    2. A scientific theory can never be proven, only disproven. That is the beauty of science. It never claims to have proven anything, only suggests theories which have yet to be disproven. If it disagrees with experiment... it's wrong. It is very unscientific to claim that Evolution is proven. Though it is very unlikely that Evolution is wrong, a scientist will shudder when hearing that any theory is "proven". Newton was gospel for some 300 years before Einstein showed his theories to be wrong. Science must accept new possibilities whenever new evidence is brought to light and that is why we call most everything scientific a theory. Theories are our best attempts to explain our experiences and data but they can never be "proven".

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  6. The author of this post is in denial. Obama and the Democrats are the same as Bush and the Republicans, for what we really have is a one party system in America with two factions.

    Obama is Bush. Every policy under Bush has continued under Obama. Where have you been? Obama extended the Patriot Act. Obama is mass murdering women and children with drones in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., and committing endless war crimes; in fact Jimmy Carter wrote an op-ed about it. Obama signed the NDAA with provisions pertaining to the indefinite military detention of US citizens, as in GITMO for US citizens. Obama is assassinating US citizens, including children, as in Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Obama signed the so-called 'Monsanto Protection Act'. Obama is defending NSA spying. Obama used executive power to use military force, just like Bush, as in Libya. The list goes on, and on, and on...

    Bush = Obama
    Obama = Bush

    BOTH are mass-murdering war criminals. Its that simple.

    Where has the author of this blog been? Oh yeah, s/he is and apparently has been mindlessly supporting the Democratic party, because apparently if a politician has a (D) next to their name they aren't a fascist.

    Denial: no longer only a river in Egypt, eh iwarmonger0?

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  7. First off, I agree that both parties are terrible. No denial there. However, by logic, if only two parties exist, and one is determined to destroy the country tomorrow, ie the Republicans, then I have no choice but to eliminate that threat by voting for the other side and try to get people like Elizabeth Warren into positions of power to change things. Nowhere in the above article do I say that Obama is not a problem. He is. But when the GOP is putting up people for any level of government that is dangerous, we have no choice but to defeat them at the voting booth. The GOP is determined to have a fascist state tomorrow while the democrats are a little more wishy washy about it. Make no mistake, both parties are leading us to ruin, as I said in the above article. But Obama is more Bush lite than Bush 2.0. However, he is sending us toward a fascist state because the President isn't really in power anymore. The corporations are thanks to Citizens United. Until we get money out of politics, this will never change and we will eventually become a new Nazi Germany. I do not mindlessly support the democrats, as many, many previous articles suggest. I dislike the democrats, hate the Republicans and loathe the Tea Party. There isn't a fourth option, so as much as I don't like it, until another opposing force against the Republicans comes out, I am forced to side with the democrats, as many seem to be doing. The alterantive is to do nothing as you suggest and watch the world burn. Yes both sides suck, just some suck harder.

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    1. "If only two parties exist..." have you never heard of Ron Paul? How can realize the inherent problems within our "two party system" and yet you continue to tout D over R? That makes you part of the problem despite your vocal opposition to the person you voted for. You sir, drabk the perverbial cool-aid but you refuse to admit it?

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    2. Ron Paul is no longer a congressman and while some of his ideas were very good, his desire to eliminate all our social programs is beyond stupid. I want to get rid of corporatists on both sides of the aisle which is why I vote for people like Liz Warren. There are no anti-corporatists on the Republican side and a handful on the democrat side. Therefore, by logic, I want to get rid of 100% of the GOP and 90% of the democrats. This can be done by voting in primaries and getting the lazy US to get off their fat asses and vote, which a majority of people are no longer doing. If you vote for the GOP at all at this point, you are voting yourself into an early grave. Feel free to give me any GOP policy that will help middle America or the economy in general, because I sure as hell haven't seen one yet. They keep screaming about Obamacare but have still not produced a viable alternative. Ron Paul was a Republican by the way, meaning only two parties exist still. Third party candidates are not likely to win due to the way the system is rigged. Start looking at the facts before you accuse me of siding with the democrats on everything, which I don't. I am saying at least their party platform doesn't require me to buy a grave plot.

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