Posts Tagged ‘fascism’

13
May

Freedom to Fascism

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political Opinion, video

This is an amazing video, maybe the solution to our problems is more than electing a new president.

video://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5355374476580235299

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12
Apr

Just so you know.

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Community, Issues, Politics

In Naomi Wolf’s book, “The End of America, A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, she outlines ten steps that are used to seize and maintain power. They are:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens’ groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law
The concept is based on the September 2006 military coup in Thailand but have been happening here. For more information read her blog at the Huffington Post:

Dr. Lawrence Britt after examing fascist regimes from the last 75 years has found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
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
Read Dr. Britt’s essay here If you are following along you will notice both lists have several items in common. For instance number one on Ms. Wolf’s list is “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy” while it is expressed on Dr. Britt’s list as “Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause” (number 3). Which leads to Dissent equals treason

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2
Oct

14 identifying characteristics of fascism

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political News

For those of you who think it can’t happen here I reprint the 14 identifying characteristics of fascism by Laurence W. Britt

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

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