January 20, 2012

14 Elements of Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Lawrence Britt analyzed the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history, they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

  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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October 25, 2014

If even one fraudster shows up in November…

by Ben Hoffman
If even one fraudster...

If even one fraudster…

October 25, 2014

Hero who stopped Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter was first year teacher Megan Silberberger

by Ben Hoffman

Megan Silberberger

Hero Teacher Megan Silberberger

A shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday afternoon left one victim and the gunman himself dead. Four other victims were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The student shooter was allegedly motivated by a spoiled romance.

A student who witness the event said the gunshots followed a verbal altercation.

“It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down,” Cervantes recalled. And immediately after the gunshots, the (woman) intervened, he said.

“She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it,” he recalled.
Cervantes said there was no prolonged struggle between Silberberger and the gunman.

“It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot.”
Cervantes said it was the shot that killed the gunman with his own weapon.

Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, said he taught at the school for 20 years and knows Silberberger as someone who student-taught last year and just started her first semester as a social studies teacher.

Davis described Silberberger as “Your classic first-year teacher with high enthusiasm, a lot of passion for what she does.”
Read more…

October 25, 2014

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

by Ben Hoffman

Jack Bruce, the singer on some of Cream’s biggest hits, has died of liver disease.

His full name was John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce and was from Scotland. He and Eric Clapton played in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers band and then went on to form Cream. He also played with Manfred Mann. (Remember Manfred Mann’s Earth Band?)

After the demise of Cream, Bruce merged jazz and rock or jazz-rock fusion with great musicians such as Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin. He also had a band during the ’70s with singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing from the band Mountain.

Here’s a video of Cream’s Farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall from 1968…

October 25, 2014

Con-man Cory Gardner lied about his support for clean energy (video)

by Ben Hoffman

Cory Gardner is against clean energy development. He should run on the truth — not on lies.

October 24, 2014

Anti-veteran president Obama starts job training program for veterans

by Ben Hoffman

710284-solar-power-install-thinkstockPresident Barack Obama, once again showing his hatred for veterans, started a solar energy job training program that may lead to jobs for thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. As a result, those patriots will be forced to spend some eight hours a day, working in some office at a computer or perhaps in a factory. It just shows how much Obama hates our military veterans.

Solar energy is shattering records in the United States. Since President Obama took office, installed solar power has increased 13-fold, topping nearly 16 gigawatts today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As solar energy continues to grow, it is becoming a major source of high-paying American jobs – employing nearly 143,000 full-time professionals last year.
Read more…

Despicable.

October 24, 2014

Gay group wants to secede from U.S., name new country after gay pundit

by Ben Hoffman

Gay secessionist

Gay secessionist


This is a twist. A gay group sporting cowboy hats and tight jeans wants to succeed from the U.S.

Douglas MacKinnon is a conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide and he has written with a new book calling for Southern states to secede. While working for the president, he developed a close relationship with Ron Reagan, Jr — an admittedly gay political pundit.

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Ron Reagan, Jr.

Ron Reagan, Jr. said he was flattered but shocked that the secessionist wants to name the new country after him. “I remember Dougie, ” Ron said. “He was always coming around with the latest show-tunes albums and wanting to show me the new shoes he just bought, but he really wasn’t my type. We went out a few times, but that was about it.”

October 24, 2014

Police are out of control across America

by Ben Hoffman
conservative police officer

Conservative police officer

to serve and protect

“To serve and protect”

Joni Ernst tells people to use guns against the police

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Joni Ernst tells people to use guns against the police

October 24, 2014

We would have an Ebola vaccine if not for Republican budget cuts

by Ben Hoffman

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Republicans caused the Ebola pandemic

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins told Huffington Post that “we probably would have had a vaccine in time” for the Ebola outbreak were it not for a 10-year drop in federal research dollars. Republicans have proven time and again that they don’t value science. People are getting sick and dying from their irresponsible budget cuts.
Read more…

October 24, 2014

Police sue for right to use excessive force; Joni Ernst tells people to take up arms against the police

by Ben Hoffman

joni ernst: fascist

Joni Ernst tells people to use guns against the police

Some 125 Seattle police officers recently filed a lawsuit challenging new laws that limit their use of force. In their view, the new policies infringe on their rights to use as much force as they deem necessary in self-protection. Read more…

Joni Ernst responded by telling people to take up arms against the police because they are “taking away our rights.” Read more…

October 24, 2014

Joni Ernst tells people to use guns against the police

by Ben Hoffman
fascist joni ernst

Joni Ernst tells people to use guns against the police

Joni Ernst recently said in a campaign speech: “I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family with guns — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

News media outlets recently have been reporting outrageous cases of police brutality, murders, and other violations of people’s rights. The police represents the government. Therefore, according to Joni Ernst, people should take up arms and fight back against the police.

October 24, 2014

The Republican Brain: Chris Mooney Video

by Ben Hoffman

October 24, 2014

Studies show conservatives willingly accept lies as fact

by Ben Hoffman

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The new GOP logo

Authoritarian people have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape factual challenges to their beliefs.

Studies show that conservatives are far more likely to be authoritarian followers than liberals. They hold their leaders up to be deities. Say something negative about George W. Bush and you’ll see a conservative fume. Say something negative about Ronald Reagan and a conservative will be ready to shoot you.

Conservatives deny the science of global climate change, which is supported by 97% of scientific studies, simply because they have been told to. Many claim “we don’t have a democracy here in the U.S.; we have a republic.” And of course, they are outraged over Benghazi because their authoritarian leaders told them to be.

There are many more examples, but Chris Mooney articulates them very well in his books and lectures.

This is an excerpt from Chris Mooney’s new book The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality.

In summary, then, the “science” of Fox News clearly shows that its viewers are more misinformed than the viewers of other stations, and are indeed this way for ideological reasons. But these are not necessarily the reasons that liberals may assume. Instead, the Fox “effect” probably occurs both because the station churns out falsehoods that conservatives readily accept—falsehoods that may even seem convincing to some liberals on occasion—but also because conservatives are overwhelmingly inclined to choose to watch Fox to begin with.
At the same time, it’s important to note that they’re also disinclined to watch anything else. Fox keeps constantly in their minds the idea that the rest of the media are “biased” against them, and conservatives duly respond by saying other media aren’t worth watching—it’s just a pack of lies. According to Public Policy Polling’s annual TV News Trust Poll (the 2011 run), 72 percent of conservatives say they trust Fox News, but they also say they strongly distrust NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. Liberals and moderates, in contrast, trust all of these outlets more than they distrust them (though they distrust Fox). This, too, suggests conservative selective exposure.

And there is an even more telling study of “Fox-only” behavior among conservatives, from Stanford’s Shanto Iyengar and Kyu Hahn of Yonsei University, in Seoul, South Korea. They conducted a classic left-right selective exposure study, giving members of different ideological groups the chance to choose stories from a news stream that provided them with a headline and a news source logo—Fox, CNN, NPR, and the BBC—but nothing else. The experiment was manipulated so that the same headline and story was randomly attributed to different news sources. The result was that Democrats and liberals were definitely less inclined to choose Fox than other sources, but spread their interest across the other outlets when it came to news. But Republicans and conservatives overwhelmingly chose Fox for hard news and even for soft news, and ignored other sources. “The probability that a Republican would select a CNN or NPR report was around 10%,” wrote the authors.

In other words Fox News is both deceiver and enabler simultaneously. First, its existence creates the opportunity for conservatives to exercise their biases, by selecting into the Fox information stream, and also by imbibing Fox-style arguments and claims that can then fuel biased reasoning about politics, science, and whatever else comes up.

But at the same time, it’s also likely that conservatives, tending to be more closed-minded and more authoritarian, have a stronger emotional need for an outlet like Fox, where they can find affirmation and escape from the belief challenges constantly presented by the “liberal media.” Their psychological need for something affirmative is probably stronger than what’s encountered on the opposite side of the aisle—as is their revulsion towards allegedly liberal (but really centrist) media outlets.

And thus we find, at the root of our political dysfunction, a classic nurture-nature mélange. The penchant for selective exposure is rooted in our psychology and our brains. Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism—running stronger in some of us than in others—likely are as well.

But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated—polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself.

October 23, 2014

Cory Gardner is a San Diego Chargers fan

by Ben Hoffman

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Cory Gardner supports San Diego Charges because he likes Tom Cruise

In a newly released interview transcript, Cory Gardner admits to favoring the San Diego Chargers over the Broncos.

“The Broncos are good,” Gardner said, “but I’ve always been a big fan of the Chargers. San Diego is a great city. Ever since I saw the movie Top Gun, which was filmed in San Diego, it’s been one of my favorite cities. Tom Cruise was so hot in that movie, I can’t tell you how many times… Oh, I think I’ve said too much already.

Did I tell you that Mark Udall is a meanie? He doesn’t even support the Republican party. He’s not a true American, like me.”

October 23, 2014

Cory Gardner’s OkStupid profile

by Ben Hoffman
cory gardner's okstupid profile

Cory Gardner’s actual OkStupid profile

October 23, 2014

Dunning-Kruger Effect

by Ben Hoffman

Dunning-Kruger Effect.