Cathy Smith
Defining FASCISM-Warning Signs & AMERICA TODAY
Fri Feb 2, 2007 13:25
 

Fascism & Empire
... fascism [is] a system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism." Stan Goff, a retired military. officer' who has spoken out eloquently against the invasion of Iraq, says:
I think we already have a fascist executive branch, but that does not translate into systemic fascism yet. Fascism is a middle class phenomenon, which means it is something that happens in countries that have achieved a level of development. Right now we are seeing a preparatory phase by the fascist executive branch, putting in place the legal infrastructure to impose a distinctly American fascism if the opportunity arrives. Guantanamo, PATRIOT Act, the FTAA demonstrations, all of it."

Laurence W. Britt writing in Free Inquiry Magazine, delineated fourteen "common threads" of fascism:
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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