Posted by Ted McLaughlin
Over at Rense.com they have printed a list of the defining characteristics of a fascist state. The list was compiled by Dr. Lawrence Britt, who studied the fascist states of Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini‘s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Suharto‘s Indonesia and several Latin American fascist regimes. He found that all of them had the same 14 characteristics, which are listed below.
Every freedom-loving American should read and study this list carefully because we are currently treading the same path. Frankly, this list scares the hell out of me and it should scare you. There is still time to head off our march toward a true fascist state, but not a lot of time. We must choose now and act, and that action must not to be to further limit the freedom of any American — even those we disagree with. Freedom does not reside in eliminating our differences, but in celebrating them.
Each time we demonize our opponents or engage in intolerant actions we lose some freedom and grow closer to fascism. There are those who believe we must give up some of our differences and some of our freedoms to live in safety. They are wrong. That is the path to totalitarianism and a fascist state — which as has been said will come wrapped in the flag and preaching patriotism. Here are the 14 characteristics of fascism:
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.
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.
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.