Sunday, April 09, 2006
Early Warning Signs of Fascism
As I was thinking more about the issues raised by the movie "V for Vendetta" I came across a study done by Laurence W. Britt. He wrote about the common signs of fascism in April, 2003, after researching seven fascist regimes: Adolph Hitler's Nazi Germany; Benito Mussolini's Italy; Francisco Franco's Spain; Antonio de Oliveria Salzazar's Portugal; George Papadoploulos's Chile; Mohammed Suharto's Indonesia. You can read more detail about Britt's study here.

I'll refrain from making any comments about these warning signs and the state of our current government. These simply stand as they are. Each of you can draw your own conclusions.

The 14 Characteristics of Fascism

1. Powerful and continuing nationalism

2. Disdain for human rights

3. Identification of enemies 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 intertwined

9. Corporate power protected

10. Labor power suppressed

11. Disdain for intellectuals and the arts

12. Obsession with crime and punishment

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption

14. Fraudulent elections

Interesting, huh?


posted by Mike Clawson at 12:59 AM | Permalink |


At 4/10/2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger lydia

Interesting, huh?


I had to look up the meaning of the word cronyism before I answered though. ;)


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