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So, what is fascism? There’s a lot more talk about it these days – of growing, fascist United States of America.

Wikipedia reads:

Fascism is an authoritarian political ideology (generally tied to a mass movement) that considers the individual subordinate to the interests of the state, party or society as a whole. Fascists seek to forge a type of national unity, usually based on (but not limited to) ethnic, cultural, racial, religious attributes. Various scholars attribute different characteristics to fascism, but the following elements are usually seen as its integral parts: patriotism, nationalism, statism, militarism, totalitarianism, anti-communism, corporatism, populism, collectivism, autocracy and opposition to political and economic liberalism.

Wikipedia also says:

What constitutes a definition of fascism and fascist governments is a highly disputed subject that has proved complicated and contentious. Historians, political scientists, and other scholars have engaged in long and furious debates concerning the exact nature of fascism and its core tenets.

In other words, ‘fascism’ and calling someone a ‘fascist’ is ambiguous. But there is at least one aspect that is generally agreed upon: fascism is inextricably linked to authoritarian government.

Fascism has been exercised throughout history and still exists in some countries today. But like communism, wherever it exists it is different and does not apply to any strict definition or guidelines.

Fascism is perhaps known best for its associations with Nazism and Mussolini. But as the years have gone by, especially within the Bush era, America is becoming more widely regarded as a growing fascist regime.

14 defining characteristics of fascism, according to Dr. Lawrence Britt:

  1. Powerful and continuing nationalism (i.e. flag waving; ‘patriotism’).
  2. Disdain for the recognition of human rights (i.e. Guantanamo Bay).
  3. Identifying enemies or scapegoats as a unifying cause (i.e. terrorists/terrorism).
  4. Supremacy of the military (i.e. military industrial complex).
  5. Rampant sexism.
  6. Controlled mass media (i.e. Rupert Murdoch; Fox News).
  7. Obsession with national security (i.e. terror threat levels).
  8. Religion and government are intertwined.
  9. Corporate power is protected (i.e. Enron).
  10. Labor power is suppressed.
  11. Disdain for intellectuals and the arts.
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment (i.e. drug-war; prison industrial complex).
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
  14. Fraudulent elections (i.e. Bush ‘presidency’; Diebold voting machines).

An outstanding anomolie to the regular workings of the mainstream media, Keith Olbermann has reported on fascism, and even called Bush a fascist:

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