[Hpn] Facisim Anyone? ~Thanks Romona
William Charles Tinker
Mon, 5 Sep 2005 15:22:00 -0400
In "Fascism Anyone?", Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, identifies
14 characteristics common to fascist regimes:
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 ... because of
"need". The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture,
summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
(1 July 2003: US suspends military aid to nearly 50 countries because they
have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt
Americans from possible prosecution.)
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.
(a.Remember VP Cheney warning that if Kerry is elected, the US will suffer a
(b. Remember them saying that Kerry looked French?)
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
(a. W. David Hager, chairman of the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory
Committee does not prescribe contracepties for single women, does not do
abortions and will not insrt IUDs. Hager believes that headaches, PMS and
eating disorders can be cured by reading Scripture.
b. Is Condi the modern-day Sally Hemmings?)
6) CONTROLLED MASS MEDIA
Either directly by government or by government regulation, sympathetic media
spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very
(a. In banning antiwar songs: Clear Channel.
(b. Anti-Kerry film aired in prime time: nations largest TV chain ordered
all 62 stations to show movie without commercials right before the last
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
(a. US is "battling Satan" says general.
(b. US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush.
(c. Park Service continues to push creationist theory at Grand Canyon and
other nat'l parks.
(d. "Intelligent" Design.)
9) CORPORATE POWER IS PROTECTED
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation are the ones who
put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial
business/government relationship and power elite.
(a. Halliburton, Bechtel, the Carlyle group, et.al.: why wasn't Halliburton
charged with contract fraud for overcharging the Army
(b. Bush's talent for cronyism: foxes guarding the henhouse.
(c. Bush administration exempts oil industry from Clean Water Act.)
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
(a. March 2001: Bush signed his name to four executive orders on organized
labor last month, including one that cuts the money unions will have for
political campaign spending.
b. Congress and the Department of Labor are trying to change the rules on
overtime pay, eliminating the 40-hour work week, taking eligibility for
overtime pay away from millions of workers, and replacing time-and-a-half
pay with comp days.
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.
(a. Bush dramatically cuts funding for arts and education.
b. Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on
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.
(US "PATRIOT" ACT!!!)
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 for national resources and even
treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
(a. Iran-Contra felons get good jobs from old Bush.
c. The companies making the most off the new Medicare contracts donated the
most to the GOP.
e. Neil Bush and Silverado.
f. Too many to even list here.)
14) FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS
Often elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times
elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or opposition
candidates are even assassinated. 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
a. the 2000 election.
b. the 2004 election.
c. RNC funds voter suppression efforts in at least 5 states.
d. Diebold memos disclose Florida 2000 e-voting fraud.
e. Election officials all over the country erect illegal barriers to keep
young voters from casting ballots. From NH to CA officials have designed
complex questionnaires that prevent college students from registering, hired
high-powered attorneys to keep them off the rolls, shut down polling places
on campuses and even threatened to arrest and imprison young voters.
f. After it seemed that [legitimate President] Gore had a lead, the
"citizens" started what was later called "the preppy riot" in the Capitol
Building in Tallahassee, FL. Screaming, yelling, pounding on the walls, the
"outraged citizens" intimidated the polling officials in Florida to halt the
court-mandated recount. A closer look reveals who they really were. They
were all GOP lackeys. They were bussed and flown in at Republican lawmakers'
expense. Some even flew in on Tom DeLay's private plane.
Mussolini defined fascism as "the merger of corporate and government power.
WITH A FASCIST, THE PROBLEM IS NEVER HOW BEST TO PRESENT THE TRUTH TO THE
PUBLIC BUT HOW BEST TO USE THE NEWS TO DECEIVE THE PUBLIC INTO GIVING THE
FASCIST AND HIS GROUP MORE MONEY AND MORE POWER.