Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism is your Governor one?

 Fourteen Defining
Characteristics Of Fascism
By Dr. Lawrence Britt

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 motto's, 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 fascistnations 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 aristocracyof 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 enforcelaws. 
The people are often willing to overlook 
police abuses and even forgo 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 aregoverned 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 
Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies ...Image via Wikipedia
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