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Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:58 AM

Assorted quotes by Fascists or about Fascism

I did a bit of online research on short and pronounced quotes surrounding the topic of Fascism. I've compiled a list of some that stood out to me as relevant to current times.
Most of them are by rather famous people. Thought I'd share it with Democratic Underground.

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14 Characteristics of Fascism by Dr. Lawrence Britt:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
4. Supremacy of the Military
5. Rampant Sexism
6. Controlled Mass Media
7. Obsession with National Security
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
9. Corporate Power is Protected
10. Labor Power is Suppressed 
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment 
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
14. Fraudulent Elections

„The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. „
--Winston Churchill

„All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed will understand it... Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.“
--Adolf Hitler

„Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains. „
--Herbert Hoover

„Whenever justice is uncertain and police spying and terror are at work, human beings fall into isolation, which, of course, is the aim and purpose of the dictator state, since it is based on the greatest possible accumulation of depotentiated social units. „
--Carl Gustav Jung

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
-- Hermann Goering

 “Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy”
-- Hermann Goering

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”
-- Arthur Schopenhauer

„Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself. „
--Henry A. Wallace

„Fascism is capitalism in decay.“
--Vladimir Lenin

„Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.“ --Benito Mussolini

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group,”
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fascism in power is the open, terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of finance capitalism.
-- Karl Marx
(On edit: An error of mine. As was pointed out in the replies "This was said by the Executive Committee of the Communist International in 1935. Georgi Dimitrov of Bulgaria is the likely author." )

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
--Thomas Jefferson

Fascism, at any rate the German version, is a form of capitalism that borrows from Socialism just such features as will make it efficient for war purposes.
--George Orwell

Though we know that National Socialist power must be broken by military means, we are trying to achieve a renewal from within of the severely wounded German spirit. This rebirth must be preceded, however, by the clear recognition of all the guilt with which the German people have burdened themselves, and by an uncompromising battle against Hitler and his all too many minions…
--The White Rose

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
–Thomas Jefferson

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Reply Assorted quotes by Fascists or about Fascism (Original post)
redgreenandblue Mar 2012 OP
corkhead Mar 2012 #1
boxman15 Mar 2012 #5
krispos42 Mar 2012 #14
David__77 Mar 2012 #2
redgreenandblue Mar 2012 #12
orpupilofnature57 Mar 2012 #3
snagglepuss Mar 2012 #4
marshall gaines Mar 2012 #6
Dawson Leery Mar 2012 #7
izquierdista Mar 2012 #8
white_wolf Mar 2012 #9
redgreenandblue Mar 2012 #13
underpants Mar 2012 #10
BootinUp Mar 2012 #11
Spider Jerusalem Mar 2012 #15

Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:03 PM

1. I mean this in all seriousness, this is not intended to be a pot-shot

the "14 Characteristics" truly looks like the Republican Party Platform. All 14 of them.

wow.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:58 PM

5. It's pretty scary.

It never ceases to amaze me how close today's GOP is to being flat-out fascist.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 05:15 PM

14. Yup

He wrote this maybe 10 years ago or so, if memory serves.


Hmmm... maybe about 7-8 years ago.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:35 PM

2. There's at least one misattributed quote here..

"Fascism in power is the open, terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of finance capitalism."

Marx could not speak of fascism when it didn't exist under such a name in the 1800s. This was said by the Executive Committee of the Communist International in 1935. Georgi Dimitrov of Bulgaria is the likely author.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 05:11 PM

12. Thanks for the info. I have added a comment.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:54 PM

3. Mussolini calls it what it is, Corporatism

Why do they run from the word ,or notion they want to woo the 1% ,and get us to sign up for it.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:55 PM

4. Bookmarked. K & R

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 01:06 PM

6. excellent

 

sounds like the last 30+ years in america. goerings quote on education being dangerous was voiced by an american presidential candidate recently.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 01:40 PM

7. Hermann Goering or Rick Santorum?

“Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy”

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:05 PM

8. The Hoover quote is a riot!

 

Of course, he wouldn't know an 'emergency' unless someone paid him to deliver food to it.

He might have been a competent engineer, but completely clueless about the human condition, desperate situations, and what people will latch onto to get out of them.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:20 PM

9. Just a heads up, the Marx quote has to be false since he died long before the term

"Fascism" was coined. The Hitler quote describes right-wing radio and Fox perfectly, though.

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Response to white_wolf (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 05:11 PM

13. Thanks.

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:27 PM

10. The last quote is awesome

bookmarked

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:30 PM

11. History is a nice teaching aid. nt

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Response to redgreenandblue (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 06:07 PM

15. "Corporatism" as Mussolini uses it doesn't mean what you think it means:

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