10-21-2004, 11:26 PM #1
Characteristics of the Bush administration.....
The 14 Characteristics of Fascism by by Dr. Lawrence Britt
Spring 2003, Free Inquiry magazine
Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.
The 14 characteristics are:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
Copyright © 2003 Free Inquiry magazine
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10-22-2004, 10:29 AM #2
Gee......no rebuttal to this one.......the shoe fits doesn't it??!!!
10-22-2004, 11:46 AM #3
Now read this example of Bush fascism.....
Police break up Bush protest in Oregon
‘Pepper balls’ used to disperse demonstrators outside hotel
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:42 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. - Police in riot gear fired “pepper balls” Thursday night to disperse a crowd of protesters assembled in this historic gold mining town where President Bush was spending the night after a campaign appearance.
Witnesses said Bush supporters were on one side of California Street chanting “Four more years,” and supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry were on the other chanting “Three more weeks.” Police began moving the crowd away from the Jacksonville Inn, where the president was to arrive for dinner and to spend the night following a speech.
“We were here to protest Bush and show our support for Kerry,” said Cerridewen Bunten, 24, a college student and retail clerk. “Nobody was being violent. We were out of the streets so cars could go by. We were being loud, but I never knew that was against the law.”
Bunten said she was pushed by police as she held her 6-year-old daughter.
Jeff Treadwell, 37, an auto mechanic from Medford who joined the protesters, estimated about 500 people were assembled, counting both Bush and Kerry supporters.
Jacksonville City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen said the protest was peaceful until a few people started pushing police. Police reacted by firing pepper balls, which he described as projectiles like a paintball filled with cayenne pepper. Two people were arrested for failing to disperse. There were no reports of injuries.
Protester Richard Swaney, 65, of Central Point, said he was walking with the crowd away from the inn when he was hit in the back with three separate bursts, one of which knocked him down.
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10-22-2004, 02:34 PM #4
I'm surprised the Bush dogs are not chewing on this bone.....
10-22-2004, 02:39 PM #5
One thing I'd like to add..... You cant go to BUSH rallies if you're not a BUSH supporter. I witnessed this first hand, I was going to a Bush rally with a friend of mine who had just worked as an usher at a Kerry rally the week before... as we were entering a member of the Secret Service came up to him and says "We know who you support, you're not allowed in" I'm dead serious that happened.
So much for a free country
10-22-2004, 03:11 PM #6Originally Posted by EastCoaster
10-22-2004, 10:29 PM #7
lets see bush supporter at a kerry rally. not gonna happen. the only reason you'd go its to cause trouble. when you did and someone stopped you, you'd cry foul.
10-23-2004, 10:58 AM #8Originally Posted by GQSuperman
So this is what the US is like now? One is guilty of "causing trouble" just because of who he intends to vote for... interesting place... and the SS keeping lists of people who appear to support the oposing candidate... now thats wonderfully orwellian.
You know, I am not an American and to be honest I really don't give a rats äss who runs the country... I really don't. But when I see stuff like that (SS singling out non partisans, the whole "free speech zone" affair, arresting non partisans, patriot act...) I can't help but wonder where our neigbour to the south is heading... looking in from outside it's really not reassuring.
10-23-2004, 11:05 AM #9
there's a difference....listening and causing trouble. like i said, i GUARANTEE that same thing happens at kerry rally's. i love how **** liberals try to put such a black and white spin on everything....george bush =evil. too bad kerry does the exact same thing. you're only kidding yourself if you think a republican was never allowed a democratic rally, or a republican wasn't jostled by cops at a political rally. you peoople really need to get off you soapboxes and quit looking for stupd **** to complain about. watch the videos at johnkerryoniraq.com and tell me how great we'd be with that guy in office. he's change his mind in office and the middle east would eat us up. hell, i'm sure kerry would start negotiating with terrorists if he thought it would get him reelected.
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