1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -- Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other
Present in the US in WW2, as in almost every conflict.
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".
Again, present in WW2 (or did FDR not know about the detention camps?)
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.
Uh, Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito...
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.
"SUPPORT THE WAR EFFORT"
5. Rampant Sexism -- The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated.
hmm... no women of note in the WW2 regime...
6. Controlled Mass Media -- Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by
government regulation, or through sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.
War time propaganda shorts, played before movies...
by the way, this is impossible now because of modern advanced in satellite technology, Internet, and other things
7. Obsession with National Security -- Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Lots of this going on during ww2
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.
Don't seem to remember this in WW2 OR today, except for a few things that both Bush and FDR said about God...
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.
Who made all of the Airplanes during WW2? Did they make any money?
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.
Improve morale for the war effort! Everyone sacrifice for the good of all! By the way, have we lost any unions today? I don't think so...
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -- Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia.
I don't see No Child Left Behind as an attempt to HINDER education - it's not great, but it's not there to HINDER...
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.
I may give you this one - only because I do not recall hearing about police abuses during WW2. I'm sure more things were allowed, however,
because of the fact we were at war...
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 who 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.
corruption? Under FDR? I invite you to read these...
a quote from FDR, if I may... "financial gains should apply to members of a politician family as well as the politician himself"
14. Fraudulent Elections -- Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns
against (or even the assassination of) opposition candidates, the use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and
the manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
here we go again - OMG - Bush stole the election! Bush stole the election! Sorry, I don't buy it - never have, never will.
Jethro - BT may be thorough, but so am I. I think I'll continue proving my point.
BT - avatar
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Mr. Hankey represents me in that he is a satirical figure. I could say that yours is a whipping boy, but I will refrain.