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Early warning signs of fascism

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posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:17 AM
This sounds about right

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:53 AM
reply to post by ninjas4321

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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posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:54 AM
So pretty much the whole world. Anybody coming here trying to point out one particular country is a very bias person, thats one big ass list!

Google Fascism and ask youre self, "Are you living in a country which seems to be heading this way"? I asked my self this, and yes I am, theres no denying that.

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 07:54 AM
Funny you should post this. I was just discussing with a friend that the Australian Government is displaying many of these traits. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over then next few years.

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 08:33 AM
Sounds like a certain planet I live on

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 08:40 AM
So you have found the job posting for planet earth caretaker? Was this on craigslist?

Just kiddin,

yea..Op that sounds about right...for more than just one country though..

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 02:04 PM
This applies to the US more and more frequently. Try getting your average flag-waving 'patriot' to listen, though, they burrow their head in the sand faster than you can finish speaking. Nothing is amiss in this land, apparently.

*sighs* My husband is a former Special Forces soldier. Even he can see these warning signs clear as day, and it genuinely scares him to think that this is the kind of "progress" he fought for.

posted on Aug, 28 2012 @ 03:10 PM
This kind of stuff is the same as the "rapture is coming" crap. You can honestly look at the points presented and say that it applies to anytime in US history,

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism- When has america NOT been patriotic?

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights –When the country was founded it only applied to white men. And at one point you also had aliens and sedition acts which was just the 17790s version of the patriot act.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – look at history we have always had some enemy the British, the indians, the Cubans, the Russians and communism.

4. Supremacy of the Military – All of the stuff was going on during the civil war

5. Rampant Sexism – what year did women get the right to vote?

6. Controlled Mass Media – see aliens and sedition acts again

7. Obsession with National Security – It has always been this see 3

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined –This is just not true some of the most vicious dictators were atheists that tried to stomp out religion completely.

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