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Old 04-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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http://www.rense.com/general37/fascism.htm

This is actually such an excellent article that it deserves it's own topic IMO.

This is a very interesting article done by a respected academic on the topic, and it has very interesting unintended results. I would love to hear some debate on this and it's application to modern government.

I especially found the point interesting in that a classical tenet of fascism throughout all of the fascist governments we've had in our history is a continually growing closer marriage of religion and state, but it also had excellent commentary on cronyism and corporatism, plus several other topics.

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9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
I am certain people recognize this one and the affects of it, on just one point!
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9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
false. only republicans can be fascists; youre such a troll.
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false. only republicans can be fascists; youre such a troll.
If Person A tells me I have to give up my civil rights for protection, I'd argue they are a fascist.

If Person B tells me I have to give up my economic rights for protection, I'd argue they are a fascist.

Or have you forgotten I am about as diametrically opposed to both parties as one can be, Brainy? I've told you before - Leftiest scream I'm a Righty, Righties scream I'm a Lefty when I'm neither. This forum is just slanted so ridiculously far right that it makes anyone not extreme right appear on the left.
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Or have you forgotten I am about as diametrically opposed to both parties as one can be, Brainy?
how could one remember?
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how could one remember?
I'd point you back to my political quiz chart. I'm slightly right, but (borderline) militant libertarian.

Libertarian/Classical Liberal beliefs do not belong on the left/right scale any longer, sadly, due to how politics have evolved in this country.
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1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.






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2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

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3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.


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4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.




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6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/vid...onnection.html



"This bears on your reporting," President Obama said to journalists. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And an equivalence is presented which I think reinforces peoples' cynicism about Washington in general. This is not one of those situations where there's an equivalency."

"As all of you are doing your reporting, I think it's important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues. if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would've been considered squarely centrist positions," Obama said a few moments later.

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7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
May 27, 2011 - Patriot Act extended



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8. Religion and Government are 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 the religion are diametrically opposed
to the government's policies or actions.
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

"NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world."


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9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56993.html

Top Barack Obama donors net government jobs

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13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
see: Obama Administration.

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14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
http://specfriggintacular.wordpress....f-voter-fraud/
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And I can post an equally exhaustive list about the Bush administration, Brainy.

Both sides are guilty of this ----, and are both bringing us further and further down that rabbit hole - which was the entire reason I posted this, not to have someone troll it into a partisan debate.
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I like how fascism blurs the lines of the left and right.
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and i examined the only administration that matters at the moment.
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I like how fascism blurs the lines of the left and right.
+1, I went through the article and immediately facepalmed.

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and i examined the only administration that matters at the moment.
So, one party has a history of this ----, is at fault for at least half of the ---- you posted at the current administration (E.g. PATRIOT Act), and currently engages in much of what the list has...and your response is "Bbuuut the other party!"? Come on Brainy, can the partisan crap for one thread.
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I bet if we took a poll of americans today, more than 80% of people would respond that being a facist means you lean right or youre a repubilcan (bbundy comes to mind, your political specturm test thread also comes to mind).

i just helped dispell the myth. now what?
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I bet if we took a poll of americans today, more than 80% of people would respond that being a facist means you lean right or youre a repubilcan (bbundy comes to mind, your political specturm test thread also comes to mind).

i just helped dispell the myth.
If you support, voted for, or otherwise helped pass or renew the PATRIOT Act, you support numerous fascist ideals.

Being a fascist has little to do with being left or right. Which is what I've been saying from the first post.
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no ----, sherlock.


let me quote myself from 3/23/2012:

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Most Americans will fall in the left low quadrant. Euros are more right.
Frikkin' fascists.
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then according to this chart, they'd plot more north & left, not nessecarily right. I plotted more right then anyone else here and I'm far from a facist.

...I'd argue that the concept of it being "right" is somewhat off-base
I followed this with quotes supporting my suggestiong to a more "left" comment, comparing solicaism and fasicsm. and left off with this gem:

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I have stated repeatedly that the trend in this country is toward a fascist system with communist slogans. But what all of today’s pressure groups are busy evading is the fact that neither business nor labor nor anyone else, except the ruling clique, gains anything under fascism or communism or any form of statism—that all become victims of an impartial, egalitarian destruction.
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no ----, sherlock.


let me quote myself from 3/23/2012:
Maybe we should split the thread to argue whether or not you are a fascist then, Brainy? (Sarcastic humor smiley.jpg)

This is one of the most spectacular partisan-based derailings I've ever seen by you. (Serious face.jpg) Seriously, fascism doesn't really belong on the left/right scale, except for possibly the religious right, which isn't particularly applicable to this forum - or are you a born again fanatical Christian that feels the need to convert the entire forum to your beliefs, Brainy?!? (Sarcastic humor smiley.jpg)
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true colors shown. good job. i acutally used this same 14-point defintion to argue aginst bbundy that fasicm is an inherent "right" thing a few months back.
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Point 8, broski, point 8. You'll note I specified religious and made a point to make it very clear and certain which segment of which party I was referring to, rather than trying to brand the entire party of the actions of a particular segment.
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cool story?
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cool story?
And true story, unless you are trying to claim that the entire Right is religious, which I'm certain several people on here would take issue with you with.
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do you think im religous or something?
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do you think im religous or something?
Why, of course, I think you are about as religious as Hustly!

No, bro. I make a comment about the religious right fulfilling point 8 in the linked article, and you get all butthurt about "OMG true colors!".

I'm not claiming the religious right is the right. I'm just claiming that a specific segment of the right, the religious right, fulfills point 8. But I'm just going by their words and what they claim (I.e., freedom of religion is not freedom from religion, first amendment only says the government can't get involved in religion and not vice versa, etc.), so YMMV.
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