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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:48 PM
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The 14 Characteristics of Fascism:
Is it fascism yet?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:58 PM
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1. I like this list better - it gives examples with documentation
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 06:59 PM by Sydnie
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:00 PM
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2. Very nice, thank you for sharing...
I heard this list on the Ring of Fire program this afternoon while making a few errands. Figured it had been posted here previously, but with new membership everyday, some points deserve to be revisited.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:07 PM
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3. I agree .. each one teach one
:hug: thanks for think of all of us too!
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:25 PM
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8. I download their pamphlets
:hi:
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:46 PM
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13. I have kept their pamphlets handy for the door knockers
that come around during election years and the fundies that seem to target my neighborhood a few times a year.

It brings to debate to a halt when you tell them that you will take their information if they will take mine. Works every time!
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Charlie Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:08 PM
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4. Upton Sinclair: "Fascism is capitalism plus murder" n/t
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adwon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:16 PM
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5. I've never liked this list
It reads more like a list of varying tactics that every government has used at some point. Maybe it's just the fact that I don't see much more than procedural differences between totaliarianism (fascism) and totaliarianism (Lenin-Stalin-Mao). I think these factors would be more valid if stated in question form, with the questions asking the intent and effect behind actions taken. As the list stands, it's vague enough to allow the indictment of any government as 'fascist.'
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Higans Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:19 PM
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6. Good short video about the The 14 Characteristics of Fascism
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:29 PM
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10. I like that film and this one too
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Higans Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:43 PM
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11. That movie is Excellent. Send it to every one.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:45 PM
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12. And they can't claim that that one is "left wing" because
of it's production date.

I am sure there are many more just like it out there.

Wouldn't you love to see all of Capra's old propoganda pieces and see how they apply today? I know I would.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:23 PM
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7. I like the movie better
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Higans Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:27 PM
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9. Super Duper
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