Saturday, October 20, 2007

All Clear Here

Blog response to "Just So We're Clear"

This is a response to Unconventional Conventionist's post referencing the 14 defining characteristics of fascism, compiled by a college professor, Dr. Lawrence Britt. I felt a rush of examples flooding my brain, so I decided to jot them down. These really are just my initial thoughts. I am sure there are plenty of better examples--exemplification of US fascism is one thing that is not in short supply these days.
  1. Powerful and continuing nationalism--Just consider the title of this document. Never mind the crime of flag burning.
  2. Disdain for the recognition of human rights--Torture, Habeas Corpus, Maher Arar.
  3. Identifying enemies or scapegoats as a unifying cause--Saddam, AQI.
  4. Supremacy of the military--Cost of the Iraq War/Occupation.
  5. Rampant sexism--Nancy Pelosi. Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel.
  6. Controlled mass media--2 words: Dan Rather.
  7. Obsession with national security--Checked your fluids at the airport, lately? Hmmmm.
  8. Religion and government are intertwined--The Good Ole Faith-Based Initiative: "Just get me a f--ing faith-based thing."
  9. Corporate power is protected--"Corporate Personhood" and the "Right to Lie."
  10. Labor power is suppressed--Talk to the AFL-CIO.
  11. Disdain for intellectuals and the arts--La Guernica, Nobelaureate, Al Gore.
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment--Examples abound, and here is one: Sidewalk chalk.
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption--Who put the Arabian horse judge in charge of emergency management?
  14. Fraudulent elections--Diebold. Florida. Ohio.
Fine. You have more examples, and many are better. Great. But aren't you at least a little surprised at how quickly they all came to you?

Now, check out the list compiled by the Project for the Old American Century. Great links.

Now, go back and reread this story about Bush's grandfather's role in a fascist plot to take over the U.S. government. Juicy, huh?

Warning Signs of Fascism, originally uploaded by anarchosyn.

It's the New American Fascism.


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