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1/22/06

Common Traits of Facism

This article is by Dr Laurence Britt. He studied the facist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet and came up with 14 things they had in common.

The article is "Fascism Anyone?," Lawrence Britt, Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20.

The 14 characteristics are:

1.Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symb ols, 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 i s 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 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 mtivational 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 alway 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 candidat es, 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.

If any of you ever see these things happening in America, you should be concerned.

More things that just piss me off

11 Comments:

Blogger The Gifted One said...

If any of you ever see these things happening in America, you should be concerned.

you mean like now????

Just another site

11:34 AM  
Blogger Orion Blastar said...

There is no proof that any of these things have happened. Keep wearing your tinfoil hats if you think they are happening.

If you want real facsism, just look at the way Saddam ran Iraq, or look at how Iran is run.

If the USA was true fascism, your blog would be taken down and you and many posters would be sent off to death camps or prison were you would be executed, tortured, or raped or maybe all three.

The mere fact that you keep making posts and are not even being taken down is proof that the USA is not fascist.

7:30 PM  
Blogger The Gifted One said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

7:48 PM  
Blogger The Gifted One said...

You can't even begin to suggest that you don't see similarities in what's going on in this country today???

You're either ignorant, or blind.

Your willingness to accept the tide in this country is just further proof that people who will trade freedom for security deserve neither.

Please hand your freedom to the doorman on your way out.

The Gifted One

7:51 PM  
Blogger TheNewsCritic said...

Now, Orion, let me help you out here. Read my post again. Do you see anywhere I said any of this was happening now?

No, I said IF you see any of this happening, you should be concerned.

And I didn't even write the article or the 14 points the author included.

Did you suddenly get concerned, because you saw something on the list that is happening?

Chris McElroy
http://www.mostwantednewspaper.com

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Gifted One said...

You can't even begin to suggest that you don't see similarities in what's going on in this country today???

You're either ignorant, or blind.

Your willingness to accept the tide in this country is just further proof that people who will trade freedom for security deserve neither.

Please hand your freedom to the doorman on your way out.
The Gifted One

7:53 PM  
Blogger Orion Blastar said...

I didn't say that these things are happening. Others did and still are saying they are happening. I do not see these things happening, if they do I would be worried and only then would I be worried.

Notice that one author deleted his/her post, and decided not to stand behind their words.

I got concenred because the article implied that it might be happening or might happen and those who read it (Like Giften One who is not very gifted, apparently) who are posting here that it is happening, as I predicted they would. Their hate of the current government is legendary. Hate so much that it blinds them to the truth.

I did not trade in my freedom for security, we are not really secure anyway. Freedom is just an illusion anyway, it is limited by the laws of the nations that protect people from other people who do negative or evil things. Using the definition of freedom that some of these posters seem to be using is that true freedom is an anarchy where you are free to do whatever you want, and nobody can tell your otherwise. Which means if you want to become a terrorist sleeper agent and plot to murder people and blow things up in the near future, you have the freedom to do so, and nobody should wiretap your conversations or even arrest you because they caught you with plans to blow up the Broklyn Bridge and murder the people who were driving on it at the time you meant to blow it up. That is the freedom that these so called people who are against the current government are talking about. They want to see more death and destruction and violence, because they hate the current government so much, that it is something they have in common with the terrorists.

I say that those who take up or support terrorism have given up their rights and freedoms just like criminals give up their rights and freedoms when they commit crimes. That is the way our freedoms have always worked, and saying otherwise supports anarchy and allows terrorist to get away scot-free. FISA allows warrantless wiretaps, and grants a probable cause for these sorts of situations. FISA has been around since 1981, and 60 Minutes exposed it in 2000 when Clinton used it, and nobody cared about it back then. Only when terrorist suspects are being wiretapped seems to be when people take a stand on this issue, eh?

When you allow terrorists to go free and carry out their evil plans, all in the name of freedom, you have just given up our freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because you just condemmed many US Citizens to death and they will forever be denied those freedoms.

Ben Franklin never had to deal with terrorists, suicide bombers, WMDs, hate websites that incite violence, and airliners flying into buildings. What did Ben Franklin and our founding fathers know about freedom when they owned slaves? Linclon ended slavery, a Republican did that, when Democrats supported it and called it a freedom to own a slave.

3:45 PM  
Blogger kidsearch said...

Orion said "Freedom is just an illusion anyway, it is limited by the laws of the nations that protect people from other people who do negative or evil things."

Like breaking the law that says you must have probable cause and get a warrant before tapping someone's phone and email?


Orion also said "Using the definition of freedom that some of these posters seem to be using is that true freedom is an anarchy where you are free to do whatever you want, and nobody can tell your otherwise."

Like breaking the law that says you must have probable cause and get a warrant before tapping someone's phone and email?

And orion said "Which means if you want to become a terrorist sleeper agent and plot to murder people and blow things up in the near future, you have the freedom to do so, and nobody should wiretap your conversations or even arrest you because they caught you with plans to blow up the Broklyn Bridge and murder the people who were driving on it at the time you meant to blow it up."

I'd say the above would give you sufficient probable cause to get the necessary warrant to tap that person's phone.

In addition, Orion said "That is the freedom that these so called people who are against the current government are talking about."

The kind of freedom I'm talking about fortunately is written into the bill of rights and the constitution.

And Orion wrote, before really thinking it through I believe, "They want to see more death and destruction and violence, because they hate the current government so much, that it is something they have in common with the terrorists."

Not believing GW Bush is a good president or a good leader and not believing in the tactics he is using does not equate to siding with terrorists. That is a misconception bush and his supporters like to portray. "If you don't follow GW all the way, that makes you a traitor." Not true.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "It is not your right to question your government, it is your duty to do so."

Nationalism means you think your president and your government are right in everything they do.

Patriotism is loving your country more than your government, so much so that you will defend your country against bad elected officials that wish to ruin it.

When our rights are forfieted because of an attack on us, then those who did the attack achieve victory.

Chris McElroy
Who Let The Blog Out?

7:13 PM  
Blogger Orion Blastar said...

So tell me Chris, why do you support the rights and freedoms of terrorists instead of holding them accountable for their actions?

Probable cause, yes the Police use probable cause to conduct warrantless searches every day, and nobody ever finds that to be against the Constitution. Why? Because if a warrant was issued, evidence could have been destroyed or hidden in the time it took to get the warrant. In the case of terrorist suspects they are buying prepaid cell phones from discount stores and changing to a new one every 24 hours. By the time you get a warrant, they will have changed numbers and your warrant is invalid to wiretap the new number. The prepaid cell phones allows them to be anonymous. They also have used them to detonate remote controled bombs in southern Thailand, and possibly can do that here.

So I'll tell you what, how about you give me an alternative, rather than conduct warantless searches. What do you do to catch someone in a wiretap that changes disposable cell phones every 24 hours, and you have no idea what the new numbers will be?

I do not think that Bush is right on everything, I know he is flawed and imperfect. I have stated that before, and I will state it again because obviously you are letting your emotions control your thinking. He could be doing a much better job, but he is letting the borders with Mexico and Canada open to invasions, for example. Who knows how many terrorists have snuck in that way?

Sure question the government, I said I supported your opinions and views. I am not silencing you, but I have the right to disagree with you.

I hold the opinion that going against investigations of terrorist suspects are the same thing as supporting them or letting them go scot-free. You are free to disagree with me. Have it your way, but I'll blame you when the terrorists strike next, because you acted out against methods used to try and catch them, thus allowing them to go free. You will have the blood of the innocents on your hands because your actions have helped the terrorists carry out their plans.

You do know that if it was a true fascist government, that terrorist suspects would have been killed and not arrested. Take a study of some nations in Europe that have a plan to kill terrorists before the terrorists can kill their citizens.

No those who attacked us acheive a victory because people like you have helped them avoid capture and stay free to carry out their plans. Only in that have we lost, because you and people like you decided to divide this country based on your own egotism, your own paranoid fantasies, and your inability to cope with reality and your ignorance of what freedom and rights really are. What a great name "Things that Piss Me Off", think with your anger, let your anger lead you to hate, and then let your hate blind you. I am not your enemy, but you choose to make me your enemy because I am different than you and hold different opinions than you. You quickly call "Fascist" when you hardly even know what that word means. It is a term you use to label people who are different than you. It makes you feel better in a sadist sort of way. It directs your anger outwards instead of inwards.

Think about that next time you plan on playing "Chicken Little" or "The Boy who cried Wolf".

If you really want to know what is wrong with the USA, take a look in the mirror some time.

8:05 PM  
Blogger kidsearch said...

Orion made this same mistake on another thread "So tell me Chris, why do you support the rights and freedoms of terrorists instead of holding them accountable for their actions?"

Again, I ask you to point to a post where I support terrorists or terrorism. If you cannot, then I ask you once again to retract the statement.


I'll be happy to respond to other portions of your post after I read them. I don't read whole posts when the first paragraph starts with an unfair accusation or lie or a personal attack.

Chris McElroy
Kidsearch Network Website

8:38 PM  
Blogger Orion Blastar said...

I retract the statement that you think says you support terrorists.

As far as Fascism, websites such as this one, and other websites that Bash Bush:

1.Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symb ols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

"Impeach W" slogans and symbols on websites such as this one.

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.

Fear of websites like this one from people who actually prove them wrong. Looking the other way when those people are attacked, harassed, or abused.


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.

Making George W. Bush a scapegoat and identifying people who disagree with them as enemies, on websites such as this one. Seeing threats from the Fundamental Christian religious minority and writing articles about them.

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 i s neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

A lot of money is spent on web sites like this one and blogs, as well as a lot of time and work. When such things could have been put to good use on domestic works.

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.

Websites such as this one are composed mostly of male writers, not giving females a chance. One of the blogs here spoke out against homosexuals and homosexual movies.

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.

Media blogs controled by web sites such as this one. I found it odd that there are many blogs that post the same messages and same quotes and same stories in an effort to control the news in an Anti-Bush slant. Many spokespeople and sympathetic web sites supporting them.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a mtivational tool by the government over the masses.

Fear is a motivational tool by websites such as this one. Fear over what Bush is doing, Bush may be violating your rights, let's impeach him just in case he is, those websites claim. Fear mongering at its best. They claim Bush is a threat to their security and liberties.

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.

Most websites such as this one are intertwined with Secularism or a form of Christianity. Both are religions used as tools.

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.

You can see websites such as this one looking for advertising, to make their corporate powers protected and profitable. Mostly the companies that support the views on websites such as these, helped to launch the blogs and websites.

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 .

Labor unions allow a code to go by, such as a Journalist code. Notice that websites such as this one and blogs like it, do not follow a Journalist code or any Labor Union. There are no rules or checks and balances to make things fair.

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.

I've had disdain for myself here, and have shown myself to be an Intellectual. There was open hositility towards me and it was tolerated.

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.

George W. Bush is to be impeached, websites such as this one are obsessed with crime and punishment. They want Bush in jail, and his whole Administration. Despite there being no solid evedence, they violate civil liberties and claim Bush should be impeached anyway.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost alway 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.

Websites such as this one often have their friends and loyalists post on them. It seems that if they can bring about a large group of supporters, and protect each other from liabilities. The more blogs and websites that post the same messages, they hope that in numbers it will prove what they are saying as true. Yet the quanitity of the delivery of message does not mean anything if the message is untrue. Those who call the message untrue, are often attacked by the fascist majority.

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 candidat es, 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.

There are no elections on websites such as this to elect an editor or administrator. If there was, it was rigged because the readers were not allowed to vote.

If the Fascist shoe fits...

11:24 PM  

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