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The Fascist propaganda is getting thick out there...

This is my first entry onto Fascism Watch....

I am the Fascist Hunter, a nickname given to me by a friend of mine. 

I have become more concerned than usual...the reason for that is that the Republican (Fascists) and Libertarian (Fascism-suborning) Parties have ratcheted up the Fascist propaganda. Too many people are not recognizing it. 

Let's begin with the listing of the 15 defining characteristics of Fascism. The first 14 are from the excellent article written by Laurence Britt for the Spring 2003 edition of Free Inquiry magazine. The last one was added by me on 21 September, 2014: 

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.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and government intertwined. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

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 and letters is openly attacked.

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.

15. The leader/leaders of the regime were/are insane. Invariably, Fascist regimes were headed by dangerous psychopaths and supported by nearly as dangerous sociopaths. The ideological zealotry displayed by the leader/leaders of the regime were steeped in psychopathology, indicating their descent into insanity. 

Spoiler alert: the Republican Party in the USA has adhered to at least 11 of these since Ronald Reagan was President and adhered to ALL of them starting on 26 October, 2001, when George W. Bush signed the GOP-written and passed USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 into law. At least one of these defining characteristics (usually more) are behind everything they do and say. The reason Libertarians are only "Fascism-suborning" is that, while they're not straight Fascists, if a Libertarian form of government were established, it would eventually lead to a Fascist regime. The Libertarians have a concept known as "spontaneous order", where they claim that, when a Libertarian form of government is established, people will form groups (true) and will leave each other alone (pathetically and hilariously false). 

Remember these 15 defining characteristics of Fascism and keep them at the forefront of your mind when you read about or speak to Republicans and Libertarians. On a comment thread on another platform recently, someone began bad-mouthing unions, claiming that they're corrupt. It's an obvious sign of Fascist philosophy. In addition, this person also claimed that small businesses in the USA are being "killed by government regulation", which is also pathetically false. The defining characteristics of Fascism involved with that statement are Corporate Power Protected and Rampant Cronyism & Corruption. What really kills small businesses are big businesses, especially when big businesses get too big and are not regulated at all or regulated lightly. 

 

Let's be careful out there....the Fascist propaganda is getting thick. 

 

6 Why Did You Reject John Birch Society Ideas? (Claire Connor)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

I'm not a John Bircher today and here's why. Check out all the news about my book at www.claireconner.com. You can also see more about me on my Amazon author's page and on Goodreads."

 

5 Who Are The Birchers Today? (Claire Connor)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

The lurch to the right in 2010 is the unholy coalition of Tea Party, libertarian, big business, the gun lobby, the religious right and the newly reborn John Birch Society. It took 50 years, but these folks are back and they are strong. See more at www.claireconner.com. In my new book, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right (coming from Beacon Press on July 2, 2013), you be able to read all about this right wing gang."

 

4 What Do These People Want? (Claire Connor)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

These right wingers have an agenda. Listen to this video to discover how wealthy men built tax free foundations based on Birch ideas and partnered with the religious right. Discover more about this powerful right wing coalition. You'll learn much more about these folks in my book, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right, coming July 2 from Beacon Press. You can pre-order today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indie Press. See more at www.claireconner.com."

 

3 What About The Koch Family And Why Do They Matter? (Claire Connor)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Say the word KOCH and people pay attention. Here's a short version of their story from Fred Koch, an original John Birch Society member to today's infamous David and Charles who are determined to change our government into a tiny, weak, powerless system where rich folks and businesses pay no taxes and face no regulations. Read more at www.claireconner.com."

 

2 I Never Hear About The Birchers, Aren't They All Dead? (Claire Connor)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Follow me at www.claireconner.com. Read my blog, check out the family photo album and read all the endorsements of Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right, coming July 2 from Beacon Press. You can also share your ideas with me on facebook: Wrapped in the Flag by Claire Conner. I'm twittering @wrappedinflag."

 

1 Why Did I Write This Book? (Claire Connor - Wrapped in the Flag)

"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Because of the accident of my birth, I watched the rise of the John Birch Society in the late 1950s and 60s. Because of my own experiences, I had to share the reality that John Birch ideas are dominating right wing politics today. Read more at www.claireconner.com."

 

Wrapped In The Flag Part 3 (Claire Connor)

"Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

Claire talks about the connections between the John Birch Society and the Koch Brothers and the rise of new right wing politics."

 

Wrapped In The Flag Part 2 (Claire Connor)

"Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

In this video, Claire Conner begins to move away from the hard right positions of her parents provoking harsh criticism. As she becomes more progressive, her parents consider her a traitor to the cause and the country."

 

Wrapped In The Flag Part 1 (Claire Connor)

"Uploaded on Feb 1, 2012

Claire Conner knows about the radical right. She was a member of the John Birch Society in 1959 at age 13, photographed in a Birch photo spread in LIFE magazine at 14, a good little Bircher for many years. Her father was in Birch leadership for 32 years. Claire hears old John Birch ideas in the rhetoric of today's right wing Republicans.These ideas are taking us down a dangerous path to a country controlled by big business, fundamentalist religion, anti-government libertarians. A place with a weak central government, no safety net and no regulation. A place most Americans don't want."

 

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