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Is America a Fascist Nation?

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8/29/2014 6:08:06 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Does American Society and Government exhibit the characteristics stated below?

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Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

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. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

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 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
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8/30/2014 12:13:20 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
You are aware that Liberalism is the dominant ideology in America, right?
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8/30/2014 1:55:21 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/30/2014 12:13:20 PM, LogicalLunatic wrote:
You are aware that Liberalism is the dominant ideology in America, right?

Not really, it only dominates the media the education system and Washington DC. Outside of those realms it dominates nothing and is pretty much thought of as a joke upon man.
It's not your views that divide us, it's what you think my views should be that divides us.

If you think I will give up my rights and forsake social etiquette to make you "FEEL" better you are sadly mistaken

If liberal democrats would just stop shooting people gun violence would drop by 90%
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8/30/2014 5:08:07 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I'm not saying we have all the characteristics 100% of a Fascist nation but you can't deny we do have some.

Powerful Nationalism (America love it or get out! 'MERICA!)
Disdain for the recognition of human rights (The US's historical treatment of minorities)
Enemies/Scapegoats (terrorists)
Supremacy of the military (We have the largest military on Earth and you're considered a traitor if you don't support the troops.)
Rampant Sexism (ask a feminist about it)
Controlled Mass media (Fox News ... not by the government but by "... sympathetic media spokespeople and executives." and during our wars "Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.")
Obsession with Nat Security (Have you been living in the US since 9/11 and the war on terror?)
Religion and government are intertwined (Yes the US is a secular state but that doesn't mean there aren't fundamentalists trying to pass anti-gay anti-abortion laws)
Corporate Power is protected (citizens united ... nuff said)
Labor power is suppressed (less that 7% of workers in the private sector are in a union
Disdain for intellectuals and the arts (
Obsession with crime and punishment (The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.)
Corruption (See Congress)
Fraudulent Elections (Bush Gore 2000, republicans limiting voting rights and who qualifies to vote.)

Really you guys? How are we not a Fascist nation?