Wake Up and Smell the Fascism

14 Characteristics of Fascism

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.

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  1. Stand by…I think not.
    if anything Kerry had the media eating out of his had, as he had promised to relax the FCC’s regulations following “Nipple Gate”

#14 wasn’t talking about controlling the media is was about fraudulent elections of which we are beginning to be some evidence to suggest that computational tallies were reversed in some smaller counties where registered Democrats were significantly higher than registered Republicans. A computer error or corruption ?
Who’s to know, but it should be looked into and taken very seriously, if it isn’t I would suspect foul play.

Isn’t this subjective to the specific individual?

Also, since this is the case, all governments are guilty of this according to some percentage of the population.

But most of these items can be checked off due to human nature, not the nature of government. The human race throughout history has always tended towards anarchy, only fear of god or the government (in any form)has prevented this from spreading.

But the strongest indication of growing government Fascism, which is not on the list, is a dominate central government with no checks and balances in any form. Which isn’t the case in the US.

doh

President=Republican with “mandate”
Senate=Republican majority
House=Republican majority
Supreme Court=2 appointments by Bush expected will swing court to the Right

Mounting attempt to amend the Constitution
Major attempt to change tax code to consumption-based system
Seemingly impossible change to social security
Law expected to increase deficit cap as national debt skyrockets

It isn’t?

[quote="Anonymous
President=Republican with “mandate”
Senate=Republican majority
House=Republican majority
Supreme Court=2 appointments by Bush expected will swing court to the Right

Mounting attempt to amend the Constitution
Major attempt to change tax code to consumption-based system
Seemingly impossible change to social security
Law expected to increase deficit cap as national debt skyrockets

It isn’t?[/quote]

Well, here is my counter…

Republican majority is temporary…elections change the Presidency, Senate and House…unless the gov’t eliminates elections it is not Fascism. This just means the democrats need to rethink their platform, obviously they are not representing the majority of the US.

Supreme Court has always been swinging from one end to the other. Nice thing is that the justices are not “only” appointed by the president, but do need to be approved by congress.

Constitution was intentionally made to be a living document to change with the times, but ensuring certain rights will never be taken away. It is meant to be amended…again, not Fascism in my opinion. Also, amendments can be repealed.

The rest is economics, business, capitalism at its best and worst…again, in my opinion not Fascism.

Are these proposed changes right? Probably not all, but we are a far far cry from being considered fascists.

…unless the gov’t eliminates elections it is not Fascism.

why eliminate if u can hack it to get your man elected?

I wish Kerry would of won. We have to put up with another four years of there little baby biotches and their extreme conspiracy theories of stolen elections and protest chants rehashed over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over 1! 2! 3! 4! SHUT THE HELL UP AND FIND A NEW DAMN CHANT!

Form your own damn country somewhere else and call it Chickenshitland. I hear Cuba has vacancy.