Is the US Becoming Fascist?
some early warning signs
Old American Century had the same idea, and they have a much
better, more complete article
which pretty much obsoletes this one.
Laurence W. Britt
common signs of fascism in April, 2003, after researching seven fascist regimes
(Adolph Hitler's Nazi Germany; Benito Mussolini's Italy; Francisco
Franco's Spain; Antonio de Oliveira Salazar's Portugal; George Papadopoulos's
Greece; Augusto Pinochet's Chile; Mohamed Suharto's Indonesia
signs resonate with the political and economic direction of the United States
- Powerful and continuing nationalism
- Disdain for human rights
- Identification of enemies / scapegoats as a unifying cause
- Supremacy of the military
- Rampant sexism
- Controlled mass media
- Obsession with national security
- Religion and governmment intertwined
- Corporate power protected
- Labor power suppressed
- Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
- Obsession with crime and punishment
- Rampant cronyism and corruption
- Fraudulent elections
"Fascism: 1. A philosophy or system of government that advocates or exercises
a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state
and business leadership, together with an ideology of belligerent
nationalism." - The American Heritage Dictionary
"A dictatorship would be a lot easier." - G.W. Bush, Governing
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so
long as I'm the dictator." - G.W. Bush, CNN.com, December 18, 2000
"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about
it." - G.W. Bush, Business Week, July 30, 2001
I hope to collect examples demonstrating the above concepts happening within
the US in recent years. I know I've seen most of the things in this list
happen at least a few times since Bush entered office, but I forgot what many
of them were. Feel free to
links and ideas, though. :)
Powerful and continuing nationalism
Dropping out of the United Nations was a nice touch, when they tried to
actually be, um, ethical.
One thing which comes to mind... the thousands of people in California
who were put into concentration camps right after 9/11. Not only does
it violate several basic human rights, but it's a tactic straight from
Hitler. No dogs or Palestinians allowed?
Don't forget that Bush made
a new record
for executions when he was governor of Texas.
Identification of enemies / scapegoats as a unifying cause
This should be obvious, but apparently many people still don't know
that there was no connection between 9/11 and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. So,
tell me again why it was that the US forcefully invaded Iraq, and still
continues to fight for control over it?
Supremacy of the military
Oi, there are a lot of examples here, if only I can find them again. They
are, by their nature, not well-publicized.
Obsession with national security
This one should be obvious. I mean, have you seen the amount of
"terror alerts" in the past few years, or paid any attention to
Religion and governmment intertwined
Bush appeals primarily to two groups of people: the rich, and the religious
right. Now, there's nothing innately wrong with that, but a lot of people
don't understand separation of church and state, and Bush uses that
to his advantage by encouraging national political decisions based on
religion rather than reason.
Whatever happened to the proposed laws banning gay marriage? And why
should a religious belief be anywhere near the government? For that
matter, I'd rather that marriage was handled strictly at religious or
personal levels, leaving the government to deal only with civil unions.
Corporate power protected
Remember how, right after Bush entered office, the DoJ antitrust case
against Microsoft was suddenly dropped?
Unemployment sure reduces the power of the people, and Bush reigned over
the biggest recession since the 1930's Depression. Just an observation.
Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
Obsession with crime and punishment
One thing which comes to mind is the thousands of people in California
who were put into concentration camps right after 9/11.
Rampant cronyism and corruption
Enron is a good place to start. You can bet Bush would have done the
same thing if he was in Ken Lay's place, and clever enough to think of it.
The events involving Cheney, Halliburton, and the oil fields smell sharply
of corruption too. No, strike that -- it's downright obvious:
Halliburton's former CEO, who still receives a hefty Halliburton salary,
invaded a country, seized control of extremely valuable resources, and
handed them over to his former company (along with a huge bonus check).
Was he acting in the best interest of the US (and the world), or was he
just pulling a massive greedy heist?
To start with, there's the obvious example: Bush lost the election in
2000, yet got into office anyway.
So, what does this all prove? Nothing, really. Remember that the plural of
anecdote is not data
. However, it should also be noted that leaders should
use their power wisely
, not widely
. Hopefully the contents of
this page will be sufficient to help a few people question authority and raise
a few eyebrows about what's been going on lately.