Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The 14 Traits of a Fascist Nation

In 2004, a political scientist by the name of Dr. Laurence Britt published a paper now commonly referred to as "The 14 Points" which described the 14 traits of a Fascist regime. He studied the regimes of Hitler, Moussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet and found strong commonalities in all of them. The 14 common traits are listed below:

  • 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

    Of course the really scary thing that immediately came to my mind when I first read the 14 points was how well they describe the current political climate in this country. Then I found the Old American Century site and an article detailing the parallels. This is really frightening stuff. The thing about fascism is that it generally begins as a populist movement and is ushered in through legitimate political means. It is insidious, and develops slowly enough that "the people" often aren't aware of how their own political system is changing until it is too late. This hits way too close to home.

  • 5 Comments:

    At 3:33 PM, Blogger Herge Smith said...

    Come on Faltanus, you haven't just realised that you live in a fascist regime?

    It's funny that when you think of the German people in the 30's, you tend to think - how could they possible have let it happen, didn't they know what was going on? And here we both are, in countries that are restricting freedoms and pursuing policies of aggression and pre-emptive strikes and all the time trying to convince us it's in our best interest.

    I've said it a ton of times - 1984.

    Very very interesting post. I may steal some for a later blog.

     
    At 3:35 PM, Blogger Herge Smith said...

    Also, and bizarrely George Lucas, in a somewhat kackhanded way, already detailed the fall of American democracy in his latest trilogy - he even echoed a number of the same phrases and sentiments your Prez Bush has used.

    Of course, if he'd made anyone of them remotely well the message may have hit home, alas, they were shit.

     
    At 3:56 PM, Blogger Dean said...

    G'day Faltanus,

    We are certainly living in scary times; but, the funny thing is, people are scared of the wrong bogey men! Down here in Australia where Bush's little mate resides (our PM, John Howard) we are also compliant travellers on a little journey down the path of Fascism.

    Hopefully we'll turn back or from that path a little sooner than did Germany...hopefully.

     
    At 7:50 PM, Blogger Faltanus said...

    Herge - of course over the past 8 to 10 years I've always looked at one thing or another and thought - wow, that really smacks of fascism. but to see this political scientist put out this list of 14 common elements to fascist regimes, and to be able to see parallels in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM - well that's scary as hell!

    Hey Dean - glad you could stop by. I have to admit i haven't paid a lot of attention to politics in Australia, but the last few stories I've heard shocked the hell out of me. I just always assumed that Australian politics were very liberal.

     
    At 8:02 PM, Blogger Dean said...

    Hope you don't mind but I have linked your post to one of mine at: http://procrastoblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/im-appeasing-pacifist-socialist.html

    Cheers.

     

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