Fascism Scorecard

June 15, 2004

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each. I've added a column for the United States so we can keep score.

Characteristic Hitler Mussolini Franco Suharto US
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4. Supremacy of the Military Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
5. Rampant Sexism Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
6. Controlled Mass Media Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
7. Obsession with National Security Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
9. Corporate Power is Protected Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
10. Labor Power is Suppressed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
14. Fraudulent Elections Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Welcome to the United States of Fascist America.

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Mark H. Nichols

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