1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.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.
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.
Point 1. The government is totalitarian because it acknowledges no restraint on its powers.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.
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.
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.