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Before You Call People Fascist... by BlameThe1st Before You Call People Fascist... by BlameThe1st
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
-Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

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Fascism: 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. [Merriam-Webster]

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The term “fascist” gets tossed around a lot in our political discourse. Rarely is it used to describe someone who adheres to the political philosophy of fascism. Mostly it’s used as an epithet against those with an opposing political viewpoint. Democrats call Republicans “fascists” while Republicans call Democrats “fascists.” Barack Obama is called a “fascist.” Mitt Romney was called a “fascist.” George W. Bush was called a “fascist.” Even Ron Paul has been called a “fascist”!

The confusion surrounding this term arises from the fact that, unlike other political philosophies, fascism is not clearly-defined. Most other ideologies have manifestos that outline their political tenants. Communism has The Communist Manifesto. Nazism has Mein Kampf. Capitalism has The Wealth of Nations. But fascism has no such founding document. Because of this, its tenets have long been debated by historians and sociologists.

During the Bush administration, an article began circulating the internet called “The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism.” This article is attributed to political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt who allegedly studied various fascist regimes and discovered 14 common characteristics among them.

Because of its vast distribution on the internet, the title of the article varies from “14 Points” to “14 Marks,” and the phrasing of the characteristics themselves also varies. But the 14 are usually listed as follows:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
4. Supremacy of the Military.
5. Rampant Sexism.
6. Controlled Mass Media.
7. Obsession with National Security.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined.
9. Corporate Power is Protected.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption.
14. Fraudulent Elections.
Although this article has been frequently shared and cited on the internet as a definition of fascism, it should not be considered a credible analysis of the ideology. The 14 characteristics are extremely vague and they easily apply to non-fascist countries. Indeed, if we take the first characteristic, “Powerful and Continuing Nationalism,” at face value, then every country is guilty of fascism, as people of all countries exhibit some level of national pride. Showing love for one’s country is not isolated to fascists.

Furthermore, the author who wrote the article does not exist. If Dr. Lawrence Britt were a credible authority on political science, he clearly would have published more than one article on the subject; yet a simple Google search of his name only retrieves variations of his one article and nothing else. No biography of him exists, not even a Wikipedia article!

This is because Dr. Lawrence Britt’s real name is “Laurence Britt,” and he is not a doctor, but a novelist. He only published one novel, June, 2004, and aside from that, his one and only article was published in the May 2004 edition of Free Inquiry Magazine.

As About.com contributor Tom Head explains in his piece on the matter: “This op-ed was forwarded around from inbox to inbox, and readers eventually began putting a ‘Dr.’ in front of his name and referring to him as a political scientist who had compiled the fascism inventory independently of the Bush administration. He had not done so, and had never claimed to do so. The article was, and had always been intended to be, an argument against the Bush administration.”

However, while Britt is not a real political scientist, and his article is not a real credible source, a real historical analysis of fascism was compiled nearly 60 years prior to Britt’s piece.

In 1944, John T. Flynn published As We Go Marching. Unlike “Dr.” Britt, Flynn was a well-renowned journalist and political commentator who wrote for publications such as The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and Collier's Weekly. (Also unlike Britt: he has a Wikipedia article! Flynn: 1, Britt: 0.)

In his book, Flynn analyzed the fascist regimes of Hitler and Mussolini and listed eight common characteristics between them. His “Eight Marks of Fascism” are as follows:
Point 1. The government is totalitarian because it acknowledges no restraint on its powers.
Point 2. Government is a de facto dictatorship based on the leadership principle.
Point 3. Government administers a capitalist system with an immense bureaucracy.
Point 4. Producers are organized into cartels in the way of syndicalism.
Point 5. Economic planning is based on the principle of autarky.
Point 6. Government sustains economic life through spending and borrowing.
Point 7. Militarism is a mainstay of government spending.
Point 8. Military spending has imperialist aims.
Aside from offering a comprehensive historical analysis on fascism, Flynn’s book also served as a critique of FDR’s New Deal policies, which Flynn feared were similar to the policies of the fascist regimes overseas.

His book is recommended for anyone curious about the history and ideology of fascism. An e-book version can be downloaded from the Mises Institute.

Those who don't have the time to read an entire book can read Lew Rockwell’s article “The Fascist Threat.” In it, Rockwell alludes to Flynn’s “Eight Marks” to provide a condensed analysis of fascism while also offering a scathing critique of the Bush and Obama administrations.

Both pieces are highly recommended to those who wish to understand fascism and what implications it has today.

Because if you insist on calling other people "fascist," it's best that you understand what the word and the ideology behind it means; otherwise, you might as well be calling them "doo-doo heads."
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MistakeNot Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If seems to me that if you look at those definitions you can simplify the list to one major characteristic. Fascism is when a state decides that the government cannot function unless it is completely unrestrained by laws of even guidelines that limit is power in any way. All of the things in the list from suppression of opposition to control of the media sorting from this point.
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have to disagree. AS a fascist there is no racism or religion and state intertwined. If you want to know more you can speak to me or just read this: www.americanfascistmovement.co… . By the way we fascist hate Ron Paul so whoever called him that is a moron. ~ C
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Are you seriously a fascist.
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Edited Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! Wanna know more? ~ C
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Critic-007 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Religion was disposed by the Nazi's and Italian Fascists higher ups and while the latter tolerated it the former actively tried to stop it. 
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TheMasterButcher999 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Your definition is just a pathetic as the Communist version of the Definition... Fascism as defined by fascist is simply this... A free market Socialist hybrid system in which the state allows capitalist ventures of all sorts as long as they can be proven to benefit society. The state simply decides what is what is beneficial based off of scientific evaluation. I see no problem with Fascist except for they were established at as time when racial pseudo-Science was popular..  When a Democracy fails it is time for fascism.. I believe anyone who really pays attention to history knows democracy had failed due to you Libertarians/Liberals in my ancestral home land before they elected Hitler to clean up the Fwee Mere-cat mess which the Libertarian made. Hitler took the Libertarians and they got the same fate as the Communist who wanted to destroy our Christian heritage. Germany remembers the reason they where forced to elect a radical anti-Semite and so Libertarians are what they call... Village... Idiots! 
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
"Historians, political scientists and other scholars have long debated the exact nature of fascism. Each form of fascism is distinct, leaving many definitions too wide or narrow."

So you waste a whole post on a certainty that never existed.

Bro.

Carry on though, your thought process is so amusing.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're post is the one claiming certainty, basing your def of fascism on false pretenses.
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Writer
My post is claiming a certainty that the GOP is certainly fascist, yes, yes it is. lol
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm not a fascists because you don't know what one is! lol

Sounds so 'fascist' when you take that stance. ;P
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
The Swastika is the wrong way around. 
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Tis' OK. I will just eat your brains later. :3
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I've heard of commies who describe free market anarchists as fascists.
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ryu238 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
It's scary how many characteristics our government is hitting at the moment.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly scary.
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ryu238 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Perhaps I should go to switzerland...
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
4. Supremacy of the Military.
5. Rampant Sexism.
6. Controlled Mass Media.
7. Obsession with National Security.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined.
9. Corporate Power is Protected.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption. 
14. Fraudulent Elections.

sounds like the Republican party to me
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TheMasterButcher999 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Actually here is the real definition   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascist_…
Fascism is what happens when Democracies have so many so many problems they have overridden to solve them. When the Germans elected Hitler my grand mother remembers that due to the Christian Democrats (I believe that was the party of Libertarians in control) she had to clean the dead bodies of beggars out of the gutters where they had died of starvation.. .
in a few years Germany was back on it's feet due to economics which we would now call Keynesian everything went fine and until the war started after a argument with Poland over the Free city of Dagzig... God forgive my Great Grandfather for what his country allowed Hitler to do the Jews... But there was really no other choice!

Libertarians like this guy caused the horror to have to happen... An American President will have to override the Constitution if we don't reverse the course the Libertarians have created soon! We then will have fascism!   
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed. It was horrible what happened to the Jews but fascism is what was needed and brought Germany back on it's feet. And I dear say I  agree with you and we need fascism to get back on track as a nation. Fascism isn't even racist. Benito actually wrote the doctrines of fascism and it called for separation of church and state and Benito actually opposed Hitler in his early years and protected Jews. I fear libertarians like this guy are just repeating the horrors to happen and again. We need fascism to save us... and I hope for his sake he didn't give us another Hitler. My fingers are crossed for more of a Benito. ~ C
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TheMasterButcher999 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No prob ^^ . ~ C
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JohnRobertPosey Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
The Democrats honored the first Grand Wizard of the Klan, a violently white nationalist hate group.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
Democrats do much talk about closing Guantanamo, and helping the rest of the world, but since when have they attempted to help countries such as Vietnam, Cambodea, China, North Korea, Cuba, etc? They were protesting after George Bush approved invasion of Iraq after Saddam gassed 5,000 Kurds in one village, and injured 10,000 more.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
"You Republicans sound alot like Fascists! You are in the back pocket of the CORPORATIONS!"
4. Supremacy of the Military.
Okay, the score for Republicans being 'fascist,' is now 1/14.
5. Rampant Sexism.
Bob Filner groped dozens of women. Anthony Weiner texts pictures of his junk to random girls. Bill Clinton is romored to have had sex with several women (but the ones making the allegations overdosed on sleeping pills.)
6. Controlled Mass Media.
Name one Republican "fascist!11!" media outlet, other than FOX News.
7. Obsession with National Security.
What is the NSA? What is the DoJ? What is the Patriot Act, which Democrats claimed to hate, but then voted on anyway?
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined.
The Constitution says "Freedom OF religion," not, "Freedom FROM religion." Republicans dont combine religion and the state just by being religious. Democrats combine the two when they force government regulations on churches (You will pay for birth control.)
9. Corporate Power is Protected.
This is the same with Democrats using everything in their power to protect labor unions, which turn just as much profit and exert even more power than businesses. Republicans want tax breaks, and Democrats traditionally want businesses crippled and on their knees (because they are the scape goat), but there is a difference between tax breaks and giving total power. 
10. Labor Power is Suppressed.
Republicans don't want an enormous union. Socialists do: Read the Manifesto, Marx said unions were at the heart of the communist government.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts.
"You don't like my modern art so you must be fascist."
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
Eric Holder, Janet Reno.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption. 
Solyndra, bailouts to businesses that are "too big to fail," as well as smaller businesses who were big campaign donors.
14. Fraudulent Elections.
What is ACORN?


B-b-but George Bush l-like H-hitler!!
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westtexan3 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

JohnRobertPosey... I must say 2 things before I rebut your 14 item list: the actions of federal government as a whole is what makes the USA similar to fascism... not just one party or the other.... your blatant support of the Republican party and attempt to place our nation's fascism in the laps of Democrats is absurd, and your evidence is extremely short sighted to say the least.


1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Citizens who supported the Democrats during their affiliation with the KKK are the Republicans of today, they believed the same things, and still live in the southern state and great plains. Read up on political history of our country. I will say that national pride is certainly a bipartisan belief and expected to a degree.


2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Gitmo is a bipartisan fascist effort. Obama swore to close it as a campaign promise. Ever known a politician to break one of those? Republicans are thoroughly documented throughout the existence of our country as staunch opponents of human rights... let's list a few groups of people they've attempted to oppress: a. EVERYBODY who wasn't male, white, and owned property, b. blacks, c. irish, d. italians, e. polish, f. ALL asians, g. ALL women, h. non-Christians, i. interracial couples, j.women who wanted to work, k.women who wanted to vote, l.minorities who wanted to attend shcool, m.minorities who wanted to vote, n.minorities that wanted to use the same ...actually... see "o.", o.to simplify things, we'll just say that when minorities or women wanted to do anything that white men could do, they had a fight on their hands (courtesy of those who align themselves with the doctrine of what we now know as the Republican party) p. lesbians q.gay men r.transsexuals/transgenders s.cross dressers t.poor people, u.man... I'm still on #2... "u" is good enough... the alphabet doesn't have enough symbols to list all the groups the Republican ilk has tried to keep in a state of oppression during the 240 year period our nation has been recognized v.nevermind, a few more - hispanics w. anybody who doesn't vote Republican, x.the working class, y.small business, z. everyone who isn't an American


3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - I'm going to use your quote - "You Republicans sound a lot like fascists! You are in the back pocket of the CORPORATIONS!" This is entirely accurate. Don't take my word for it though, just look at the voting records of Republicans and their ilk on state and national levels. Your guys make their living pandering to the demands of big business. Thanks for owning up to it though so I didn't have to make an arguement. To be fair, when big business needs a couple extra votes, they do 1 of 2 things: either purchase enough Democratic votes to push their agenda, or write the legislation for Democrat sponsored regulations. I think the author was trying to demonstrate the use of Jews, non-whites, or generally a more foreign cause to unify against (as it was in Nazi Germany). Conspiring to take down big business would at least temporarily destroy our country, and the government won't permit that, nor does this sort of dissent benefit fascist goals.


4. Supremacy of the Military - Even you've had the good sense to admit this one... not that you could deny it though.


5. Rampant Sexism - Your arguments here aren't arguments. You're pointing out the behaviour of many men regardless of political beliefs, and they aren't examples of sexism. "A woman's job is to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Women can't do the job as well as men. Let's limit the ability of a woman to make decisions about her own body. Women shouldn't vote. Women shouldn't work and if they do, they shouldn't be paid as much as a man." These are all examples of sexism, and supported by your ilk. Good job.


6. Controlled Mass Media - I can name hundreds of Republican controlled mass media outlets. Let's just name the big areas they present though: TV, Cable, Internet, Radio, Social Media. Liberals don't have this huge edge in dominating mass media like Republicans would have us believe. Don't get me started on the Republican propaganda machine. Once again... both parties control the mass media. I've been on a seemingly never ending search for an unbiased and accurate news source.


7. Obsession with National Security - Mentioning the NSA, the DOJ, and the Patriot Act don't serve your purpose John. Both sides of the aisle are interested in national security. Republicans have made themselves look like overzealous conspiracy theorists though.


8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Yes, the constitution does say freedom of religion, we also have this nifty thing called separation of church and state which Republicans walk all over like it's their personal door mat. I'm a Christian, but in accordance with our founding fathers wishes, I do not want religion being written into legislation. Republicans try to carve bigotry and oppression into legislation in the name of God all the time. I know I certainly wouldn't want to follow Muslim doctrine woven into law... that's why religion and political policy make horrible bedfellows, and the founders tried to protect us from that. 


9. Corporate Power is Protected - John the power of business vs that of workers is not what the author intended this point to cover. Corporate power leeching into the government and visa versa is paramount for fascism to exist. You're trying to evade the topic and serve up a Republican talking point. The Republicans boldly represent corporate power with no apology, and the Democrats pretend they give a flip about regulating it. It's all about money and power. The way our two major political parties tango about when it comes to big business is a cornerstone of our nation becoming nothing less than a fascist dictatorship. I gave the Democrats a really black eye in this segment. Local and state Democrats aren't nearly as dedicated to supporting big business as those on the federal level. The money is too vast to refuse once they arrive on the hill apparently.


10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Of course the Republicans don't want unions (at all). Anything standing in the way of obscene profits and the ability to abuse the working class is manure in the eyes of the owners. Some states have outlawed organized labor completely. None of that is important though, nearly all of our jobs where unions are practical have been sent overseas. The outsourcing continues...


11. Disdain for Inellectuals and the Arts - "You don't like my modern art so you must be fascist." This sentence demonstrates your immaturity and the extent of your limited knowledge. I'm guessing you're a high school sophmore with extremely Republican parents, and that being said, I'll take it easy on you. It's not your fault that this kind of tripe is being shoveled down your throat 24/7. The author isn't attempting to show that just because some people don't care for the obimnations that others call art, that this makes us a fascist country. He is reminding us that fascist regimes suppress free thinking and education. For a nation to get behind absolutely insane and tyrranical ideas like that of the fascist regimes around WWII, the truth must be hidden, and citizens must be machines completely indoctrinized with fascist rhetoric. The ruling class doesn't want any citizens getting together and considering the morality and validity of fascist goals being impressed upon them.


12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - I can randomly name 2 attorneys affiliated with the Republican party if you'd like. Republicans are in favor of having a wide range of punishment at their disposal, and the ability to incarcerate and enslave a large portion of the public. It's a very profitable business in my state. Democrats are on board with this too naturally. Any person or persons at any given time can be picked up by the system and swept under the rug, and nobody can do anything about it. That's a quality of a fascist government.


13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - In the interest of being nice, I won't comment on your sentence. The USA government and how business is conducted in our country is based upon these two principles. The fact that our systems continue to operate with the extent of corruption and cronyism is what's morphing our capitalist democracy into fascist imperialism. No political parties apply. We've got this one covered to a "T".


14. Fraudulent Elections - Who is George W. Bush? Remember him? He was the first president appointed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1: you know, history didn't stop in 1960 when all the Dixiecrats joined the Republican party when Lindon B Johnson agreed to civil rights. 

2: What of the Republicans who are working hard on voter suppression, or the Republicans who started Gitmo, or the Republicans who have voted sixty times to cut obama care and blocked any all bills to create jobs in America or build and repair infrastructure.?

3: Republicans are fascists, deal with it. 

4:  Republicans hate soldiers if they're alive, they love them if they're dead. That's why they refuse to do anything to raise veterans benefits or refuse to end DADT. 

5: Rampant sexism: called Sandra Fluke a slut, working to remove a woman's right to choose, voted against bills which increased the protection women receive from domestic violence. Refused to back bills to grant women equal pay to men. And Bill Clinton got a blow job, oh that bastard! Tell me, how many times did Newt Gingrich commit adultery?

6: It's called fox news, read about it. 

7: Wait, who started the patriot act? Wait, which president killed Bin Laden? Was it Obama? Wait, who's the party of your'e with us or with the terrorists? I forget :P

8: Sooooooooooooo . . . since when are Unions which have been under attack since Ronald "The Cockmonger" Raegan the same as multinational corporations and big banks which bankroll the Republican party? Right . . . . . . I ain't seeing it. 

9: Uh dude, you just admitted that the Democrats are working to keep church and state separate. Freedom from religion is all part of it. Fuck your churches and their misogynist days. 

10: You just said democrats are pro union. 

11: Democrats are usually the ones not cutting funding to schools and encouraging banks to make student loans cheaper and easier to pay off. Not seeing it. 

12: Are you kidding with this one? Which is the party of the death penalty. how many people did Rick Perry execute? Or George Bush. 

13: Since when is helping out small business a bad thing? Also the auto industry is saved and turning profit now, and it's creating jobs, unlike the Bush years. 

14: Acorn has been defunded like twenty times by republicans even though they already disbanded it. 

B-b-b-b---suck my hairy ballsack. We're never going to let you forget bush and what he did, asswipe.  
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you not read the part about why that list of criteria and its author are not credible?
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AggroVolken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably not. I think he is on of those blind Democrats who thinks that he is incapable of doing any wrong.
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AggroVolken Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And to the sane of mind, Democrats today are one the same. Same shit, different name.
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Democrats same as Republicans? Nah, with the likes of Tod Akin and Rick Perry in the party, the Democrats are in no way competing in the shit race. 

The part of Eisenhower and Goldwater is long dead. Instead we have a party that for the fortieth time defunded Acorn, the organization that no longer exists and openly tries to restrict voting rights and roll back LGBT rights. 
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hitler and Mussolini and Napoleon and Julius Caesar were fascists. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher WERE NOT.
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GohanLSSJ2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
There can be NO fascism before the XX Century. To call Napoleon and Caesar "Fascists" is an anachronism. And even if Thatcher and Reagan aren't fascists, they are still part of the Reactionary, Authoritarian Right.
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Napoleon and Caesar war war-mongering, ultra-nationalistic, pro-militaristic dictators. If that's not fascism I don't know what is. Certainly not conservative, free market politics that resisted the Soviet Union (aka reagan and thatcher)
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly.
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup
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Thinker1988 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013

Fascist thought is simple: the desire to limitate freedom "for freedom" according to them.

 

Fascism = Fucking up everything you can imagine (freedom, intelligence, information, philosophy, art, politics) in an entire nation.

 

A lot of things are fascism.

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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We need to limit your freedom for the sake of freedom or else the terrorists will win! Sounds about right!
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AggroVolken Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Going on my profile's wall of stamps.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm honored.
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
[link] it was actually very carefully planned out. You could argue that Fascism in practice is rather different to the theory (particularly about democracy) but that applies equally to any ideology.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That seems to be the case with all ideology, socialism and communism in particular.
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I agree - for instance state-worship is something very endemic to Stalinism in reality, but Marxism is technically an anarchist movement that calls for the abolition of the state. For this reason many have argued that most forms of communism in practice have been closer to the fascist ideal, with their heavy emphasis on nationalism and state control (rather than worker's control) of industry, coupled with a denunciation of class struggle.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Which is why Communist states have always failed. It sounds good in theory, but fails in practice.
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
It's more plausible to suggest that there was a complete disconnect between theory and practice, historically.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When has that never been the case?
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Never? Do you mean ever?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Never.
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bttlrp Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
There actually was a Fascist Manifesto that was widely circulated. Nazism is slightly different to fascism in its original incarnation.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Link?
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Graeystone Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Mussolini tried it, didn't end well for him. . .or his corpse. . .

Reading Flynn's Point 4 - it looks like a criminal organization(syndicates). The only Point that doesn't suck is Point 5(autarky) which is being self-sufficient/limits imports so domestic goods and products can be created and in a Free Market, they can compete.
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