Here's some "sites" with "URLs" that I found after typing in "fascism america" in google's search engine. IMO, people are wearing blindfolds
if they can't see the fascism that is taking hold of our Nation slowly but surely.
To the poster(s) that say,............ SHOW ME the connection of the "14 points" and America, at the beginning of this thread when franki posted
it,........... this is some of what I found, and I say to the poster,......... SHOW ME that it isn't TRUE.
No other word causes so much misunderstanding, confusion, and heated debate in politics than fascism. The term has been applied to many individuals
such as McCarthy, Hoover, and others. It is frequently used to describe government policies and government themselves, often incorrectly. What then is
fascism exactly? Webster's Dictionary defines it as: "A government system marked by a centralized dictatorship, stringent socioeconomic controls and
belligerent nationalism." But the author takes exception with that definition. At best, the definition is vague and abstract. Nor does the definition
seem capable of taking into all forms of fascism.
There is a resurgent, widespread attempt by the far right to label fascism as a form of socialism. Fredrick von Hayek was the first to attempt
labeling the Nazis as socialists in his book The Road to Serfdom published in 1944.70 The hard right quickly adopted it, as it allowed the hard right
to escape the charges that they had much in common with the Nazis.2 Such endeavors are not only silly, but dishonest as well and represent an attempt
by the far right to distance themselves for their earlier support of Hitler.
Hayek's book is based on two erroneous assumptions from the very beginning. He first assumes that fascism and communism are one and the same, as they
are both totalitarian systems. This makes about as much sense as calling a maple tree a pine tree because both are trees. His second erroneous
assumption lays in his belief that only socialism or liberalism leads to totalitarian systems. In fact, all political systems can lead to totalitarian
systems and all political systems are inherently unstable, as is any system created by man.
From there, Hayek takes severe liberties with history. For instance, he goes on to claim that by deliberate policy the United States by allowed the
growth of cartels and syndicates after 1878.71 Indeed this date and time period is significant, but not for a move towards socialism or liberalism.
Rather, it's the opposite a move towards fascism and corporate rule. Even a reader with a rudimentary knowledge of American history would recognize
this time frame as the beginning of the robber baron era and laissez faire economics, precisely the type of economic policy Hayek holds in utmost
Hayek offers little proof to support his conclusions; in fact the book is devoid of any proof or even examples to support his findings. The book
degenerates into an argument based upon unsubstantiated assertion. He argues against the nation state and proposes a supernational authority or world
federation made up of the financial elite. In essence, Hayek proposes a world made up of sovereign corporations accountable to no one. Not only did
Hayek take severe liberties with American history, he ignored the very nature of fascism in Germany and Italy.
In various speeches made shortly after the March on Rome, Mussolini stated, "We must take from state authority those functions for which it is
incompetent and which it performs badly... I believe the state should renounce its economic functions, especially those carried out through
monopolies, because the state is incompetent in such matters... We must put an end to state railways, state postal service and state insurance." The
state returned large monopolies to the private sector after returning them to profitability such as the Consortium of Match Manufactures, privatized
the insurance system in 1923, the telephone system in 1925, and many of the public works.
In Germany the Nazis announced they would end nationalization of private industries when they seized power. In 1932, Hitler returned control of the
Gelsenkirhen company to private hands and in 1936 returned the stock of "United Steel" to private hands. Throughout 1933-1936, the Nazi returned to
private hands the control of several banks: Dresdner, Danat, Commerz and Privatbank, the Deutsche Bank, and several others. In 1936, the steamship
company Deutcher Schiff and Maschinenbau was returned to the private sector. In 1934, Dr. Schacht, the Nazi Minister of Economy, gave instructions to
hasten the privatization of municipal enterprises. These enterprises were especially coveted by the rich industrialists, as they had been prosperous
even during the depression.
Both in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, the tax system was changed to one favoring business and the wealthy. The Nazis allowed industries to deduct
from their taxable income all sums used to purchase new equipment. Rich families employing a maid were allowed to count the maid as a dependent child
and reap the tax benefit. In Italy, the Minister of Finance stated: "We have broken with the practice of persecuting capital."73
Such programs, catering to big business and the rich elite, are more akin to the policies of the Reagan Administration than it is to any liberal
administration including FDR's. Likewise, it was the rich industrialists that were behind the fascist movement in the United States during the 1930s.
Thus it is no surprise that the right wing attempts to try and label fascism as socialism in trying to distance themselves from their previous support
The URL below is the "main Page Site"
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around to consider the
most wretched sort of life as paradise. "
Fascism in America
The "Good German" syndrome
"To oppose the policies of a government does not mean you are against the country or the people that the government supposedly represents. Such
opposition should be called what it really is: democracy, or democratic dissent, or having a critical perspective about what your leaders are doing.
Either we have the right to democratic dissent and criticism of these policies or we all lie down and let the leader, the Fuhrer, do what is best,
while we follow uncritically, and obey whatever he commands. That's just what the Germans did with Hitler, and look where it got them."
Michael Parenti, author
The URL below is the main page
When Fascism Comes to America
by Maureen Farrell
I. When Fascism Comes to America, It Will Be Embraced by FOX News
"The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is
never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public. . ."– Former Vice President Henry A. Wallace,
the New York Times, April 9, 1944
"Fox is not objective. Fox is a Republican propaganda machine." – Roger Ebert
In 1944, Henry A. Wallace, one of three Vice Presidents to serve under Franklin D. Roosevelt, assessed the threat of fascism in America and predicted
that the time might come when the media was in collusion with the ruling power. "American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a
purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information. . . ," he wrote.
Decades later, during the first Gulf War, the media dutifully regurgitated propaganda while those in power did, in fact, "use the news to deceive the
public." But the public remained so fully gullible that by the time the Bush Cartel's "Operation Iraqi Freedom" hit TV screens, the "deliberate
poisoners of public information" didn't even have to break a sweat to fool us twice.
And although those who relied on FOX News were found to be the most misinformed, it wasn't until a series of FOX e-mails was leaked to the press that
anyone grasped how "purposeful" the intent to mold opinion actually was.
"[Bush’s] political courage and tactical cunning are worth noting in our reporting through the day," FOX News chief John Moody e-mailed staffers on
June 3, 2003, in one of many instances where reporters were instructed to glowingly praise G.W. Bush as Fearless Leader Extraordinaire.
The United States of Fascism? Has America become a Police State?
The following is my paraphrase of Dr. Lawrence Britt's "Fascism Anyone?" article (Free Inquiry Magazine, Spring 2003). As you read on, ask yourself
whether the following points are true or not:
1. Exuberant Nationalism.
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national
emergency...Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded.
Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real." General Douglas MacArthur
2. Enemies Identified and Monitored.
"It is clear that the future of freedom and peace depend on the actions of America. This notion is freedom's home and freedom's defender. We
welcome this charge of history and we are keeping it. The war on terror continues. The enemies of freedom are not idle and neither are we. This
country will not rest, we will not stop, we will not tire until this danger to civilization is removed." President George Bush from a speech in
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on 12/02/03
3. Civil and Human Rights Disappear.
Three words for you...The Patriot Act (q.v.).
"It will be of little avail to people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be understood;
or if they be repealed or revised before they are pormulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man knows what it will be tomorrow...Frequent
changes give an unreasonable advantage to the sagacious, enterprising, and the moneyed few, over the industrious and uninformed mass of the people."
4. Secrecy Demanded and Maintained.
"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy...censorship. When any government or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say
to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter
how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a
free man, a man whose mind is free." Robert Heinlein
5. Military Glorified.
This one is so blatantly obvious I didn't include a quote here -- just read and review American history and you'll see what I mean.
6. Corporations Protected and Given Special Rights.
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country...corporations have been
enthroned and a era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the
prejuidices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." Abraham Lincoln
7. Corruption Rampant and Unchecked.
"We all know that, as things actually are many of the most influential and most highly remunerated members of the Bar in every center of wealth, make
it their special task to work out bold and ingenious schemes by which their wealthy clients, individual or corporate, can evade the laws which were
made to regulate, in the interests of the public, the use of great wealth." Teddy Roosevelt
8. Media Corporatized and Controlled.
"Mass democracy, mass morality and the mass media thrive independently of the individual, who joins them at a cost of at least a partial perversion
of his instinct and insights. He pays for his social ease with what used to be called his soul, his discrimination, his uniqueness, his psychic
energy, his self." Al Alvarez
9. Rampant Sexism.
"Lets keep in mind that rampant sexism in America is pervasive - it used to be one way (men towards women), know it is a two way street (men towards
women and women towards men)." Anonymous
10. Intellectual Censorship and Bullying.
"When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril."
11. Police Militarized, Vice Versa or both?.
"Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws." Anonymous
"In fascist regimes, the military are insidously and progressively given the power to intervene in domestic and civil laws & affairs." Anonymous
12. Elections Stolen.
Two words - Al Gore. Also, to see how regional elections are stolen, I highly recommed you watch the movie "A Perfect Candidate" -- it will open
13.Labor Power is Suppressed.
"Organizing power of labor is one of the few real threats to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated or suppressed." Anonymous
14.Religion and Goverment 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 their religion are diametrically opposed to the governments policies or
Words to Ponder
"Men begin with acts not with thoughts." William Graham Sumner
"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain
"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resist it." John Hay
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when
wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then." Thomas Jefferson
"This country was founded by religous nuts with guns." P.J. O'Rourke
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect against tyranny in government." Thomas
"We the People, are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the
Constitution." Abraham Lincoln