14 Elements of Fascism

02 Feb

 Found this on Ben Hoffman’s blog.

 Given that yesterday the House republicans decided that, rather than letting a journalist record a (supposedly) open meeting that dealt with a subject that is near and dear to their financial donor’s hearts, —hydrofracking and the likely nasty results that some people will experience from it, — they would have that journalist arrested to keep him from doing his job,……….

 I thought that maybe now would be a good time for a little bit of a refresher,… for myself and everyone,… of the description of Fascism.

 Thanks Ben—-

14 Elements of Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Lawrence Britt analyzed the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history, 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.

 1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.

 2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

 3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

 4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

 5. Rampant sexism.

 6. A controlled mass media.

 7. Obsession with national security.

 8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.

 9. Power of corporations protected.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

14. Fraudulent elections.


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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Economy, Environment, Health, Politics


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