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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-11 03:37 PM
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Fraudulent Elections: One of Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
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Fraudulent elections are one of fourteen indicators of a fascist society.

How does the U.S. come out when compared against these 14 indicators? In the age of Wikileaks, we can see that indeed, our emperors have no clothes. We learn that there's two sets of truth, one we're supposed to see, sanctioned by the government and promoted by the mainstream media, and the other truth, the real truth, as is now leaking out.




Fascism Anyone?

Laurence W. Britt
The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 2.

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For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Francos Spain, Salazars Portugal, Papadopouloss Greece, Pinochets Chile, and Suhartos Indonesia. To be sure, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history. But they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.


Chart of the 14 indicators of a fascist regime - the essay goes into more detail

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14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.


This is why we have to always, always be vigilant over our electoral process.


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