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11th-Jun-2006 08:34 am
The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
from Free Inquiry, Spring 2003

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 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/Homophobia - The governments of fascist nations 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 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 and letters is openly attacked.
  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.
11th-Jun-2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
I've seen these 14 point before, but never with so many appropriate illustrations. Thanks, jesus_h_biscuit!
11th-Jun-2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
11th-Jun-2006 02:26 pm (UTC) - Big kisses to you!
Linking to my LJ.
11th-Jun-2006 03:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Big kisses to you!
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11th-Jun-2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Did you hear about the 150,000 voter records in Colorado that has just come up missing, conveniently? It was just on CNN a minute ago, but all I can find on it right now is this: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7003875174

How the fuck does a 500 lb. cabinet of voter record archives just up and vanish, and there's no accountability? Never in my lifetime, save for the past 6 years, have I seen so many incidences where voting rights are being trampled, fraudulent charges flying all over the place, and shit just disappears into thin air - and ALWAYS in red states. Coincidence?
11th-Jun-2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
You, sir, never fail to impress me. If we're ever out your way, my men and I need to buy you and your dinner or something, in grattitude for stuff like this. Keep on keepin' on, yo.
11th-Jun-2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
You = teh bestest EVAR! I'd love for us to terrorize have dinner somewhere one of these days!
12th-Jun-2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for outlining that so brilliantly. It's scary as hell, but very helpful.
13th-Jun-2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Interesting... I'm gonna link this to my own LJ, if you don't mind.
14th-Jun-2006 11:27 pm (UTC) - PRIDE
Is there going to be a caravan on SUNDAY to head to PRIDE?
16th-Jun-2006 01:06 am (UTC) - Re: PRIDE
NOt going this year, D's on call and I have other commitments.
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