Fascism coming to America? Sure looks like it.

by Ben Hoffman

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
~ Sinclair Lewis

That describes most of the new leaders of the Tea Party movement, but the actual definition of fascism describes the Republican party to a tee. Right-wingers claim to be afraid that we’re moving towards socialism, but that’s just because they’re told to be afraid. Regulating health insurance isn’t socialism, nor is spending money to stimulate our economy. A lot of right-wingers think we’re moving towards fascism as well as socialism simply because their party lost the 2008 election. That’s not fascism; that’s democracy.

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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It’s doubtful that Republicans will regain control of the House or Senate in next month’s election, but even so, they will continue to obstruct our democratically elected President, simply for political purposes. As long as our economy remains in the doldrums and our deficits remain high, they will continue to run the non-stop campaign against Democrats at the expense of our country. The right-wing sheep will continue to do what they’re told and support a potential fascist regime. There are enough of them to make that nightmare a reality.

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19 Comments to “Fascism coming to America? Sure looks like it.”

  1. You’re so far left you can’t see straight.

    Definition of delusional: you.

  2. Oh and BTW, you’ve got the wrong party. It’s the Ed Schultz’s (MSNBC I think) and Dems and SIEU, etc. who are the socialists. A quick of the rally in DC shows Socialists everywhere at the rally. See, there’s proof, as opposed to the baseless things you say.

  3. All ready here, It’s called Obama, Reid, and Pelosi and their gang of government control freaks.

  4. It is fascinating the sort of automatic reactions your post seems to have generated Mr.Hoffman.

    Rather than look and see if any of the points actually applied the only thing done was really to call you on your supposed political leanings and call Obama and other democratic leaders “socialists”.

    Perhaps it would be good to define what fascism and socialism actually are. It might further enhance the quality of debate.

    As a continuing aside, I am consistently amazed at what Americans classify as ‘socialism’. It is like the Red Scare all over again.

  5. Fascism per the dictionary: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

    Mr. Hoffman: “the actual definition of fascism describes the Republican party to a tee.”

    And Arbour, I expect more from you. I would expect you to call Mr. Hoffman (the liberal one) out on his absurd assertion with no facts to back it up.

    As I pointed out re socialism, just look at which “big gathering” they identify with. Was it Beck’s crowd? In fact any conservative gathering anywhere? Noooo. They show up at Big Ed’s gathering with the unions, Al Sharpton, the MSNBC folks, other Democrats, etc.

    Come on Arbourist. You’re smarter than this. BTW, though one may find someone somewhere in the R party with some of these kinds of characteristics, but no one with a reasonable intellect can say that this list defines Republicans.

    • Fascism per the dictionary: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
      That would be a fair assessment of Obama and Eric Holder’s Justice department.
      They prosecute based on race. You’re a racist if you disagree with them (either of them) and Obama does want government to control every aspect of your life and death.
      And The Ministry of Truth is right there with him.
      Yep, sounds like a “fair” assessment. 🙂

    • Mr. Hoffman: “the actual definition of fascism describes the Republican party to a tee.”

      Perhaps not the more centerist Republicans, but those of the tea party stripe seem to fit the description more closely.

      Perhaps a better term for more mainstream Republicans would be Corporatists as they do tend to promote benefits for business as opposed to other classes in society.

      • [but those of the tea party stripe seem to fit the description more closely]

        Any specific examples you can cite?

      • [Perhaps a better term for more mainstream Republicans would be Corporatists as they do tend to promote benefits for business as opposed to other classes in society.]

        Corporatism and fascism are often the same, depending on the version of fascism.

      • BH, still crickets after I pointed out the socialists (and Marxists) all over Big Ed’s poorly attended rally? Figures.

  6. Good luck (and I use that phrase figuratively since I believe in the absolute sovereignty of God) getting a substantive response from the liberals here.

    • (and I use that phrase figuratively since I believe in the absolute sovereignty of God)

      So how does your belief in the imaginary substantiate or strengthen your position? Just sayin’ 🙂

      It also depends on what you would classify as a substantive response. I’m not a part of your country, but rather a neighbour and I can assure you that classifying the Obama administration as socialist is categorically wrong.

      • [So how does your belief in the imaginary substantiate or strengthen your position?]

        I didn’t say it did. Just pointing out there is no such thing as luck.

        My initial comment should have read “socialistic.”

        Webster: Socialism: : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

        That is far closer to the Democrat party than any conservatives I have ever heard of, unless you have some specific examples I don’t know of.

      • Oh, and [It also depends on what you would classify as a substantive response.]

        Just calling everyone who disagrees with him (BH) a liar…I wouldn’t call that substantive. Every comment YOU have made that I’ve seen has been substantive as opposed to the ad hominem responses of BH.

      • [Just calling everyone who disagrees with him (BH) a liar…I wouldn’t call that substantive.]

        Nope, show me one instance where I called someone a liar who disagreed with my opinion. I call people liars when they use bogus “facts.”

  7. Perhaps watching The End of America by Naomi Wolf and then posting it in this blog post will really make an impact.

    http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/the_end_of_america/

    • I started watching that on NetFlix a few weeks ago but it was centered too much on Bush. I may try watching it again when I get some time.

      We were heading dangerously close to fascism a few years ago and were saved by the Democrats gaining control of Congress in 2008. Had that not happened, Bush and Cheney would probably still be in the White House and we’d probably be in another Depression right now.

  8. Absolutely spot on. It’s no surprise that the very people who support fascism in this country don’t have a clue that they do.
    They have been brainwashed so well it’s very frightening.

    Well written article, and 100% spot on truth.

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