|The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Two such opposèd kings
encamp them still,
In man as well as herbs —
grace and rude will.
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death
eats up that plant.
Are Trump and the Republican party trying to implement fascist policies in the United States? You have to understand how fascists behave to determine that. Here are some hints. If you don’t think they are flirting with Fascism which of these are they trying to implement?
The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism
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:
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.
- Donald Trump says he is not bothered by comparisons to Hitler
- Trump suggests 2nd Amendment folks can take out Clinton
- Robert Reich: Donald Trump is already behaving like a Tyrant
- “America Belongs to White Men” Alt-Right Founder Says
- Delegates face death threats from Trump Supporters
- Trump Proposals Would Violate Human Rights – Harm Millions
- Fox Contributor On Mosque Surveillance: “Let’s Stop Worrying About People’s Rights”
- Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte, BFFs: Murderous Philippine strongman is who Trump would love to be
- Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism
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.
- Japanese Internment is Precedent for Muslim Registry
- Build that Wall!
- Harassment and Intimidation after the Election
- Trump supporters call for Boycott against Star Wars Rogue One
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.
- Trump Cabinet Stacked with Generals
- As soon as I take office, I will ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild the military
5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
- Trump Grabs What?
- This is what happens to a woman when she challenges Trump
- Norwegian Woman Gets Promoted
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.
- Why Trump’s War on the Media Matters
- Trump revokes Post press credentials, calling the paper ‘dishonest’ and ‘phony’
- Megyn Kelly reportedly received death threats from Donald Trump supporters
- The Press has Fallen for Fascists Before
- Trump supporters call for Boycott against Star Wars Rogue One
- Trump Using 7 Actions of Tyrants to Limit Press
7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
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.
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.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
- Trump Insults Union Leader Resulting in Death Threats From Trump Supporters
- Trump era confronts organized labor with gravest crisis in decades
- Trump Appoints Fast Food CEO who opposes $15 minimum wage to Labor Secretary
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
- Liberal Academia and Trump
- New Conservative Website creates Liberal Professor Watchlist
- Professor Receives Death Threats for Opposing Trump
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
- Trump is the Law and Order President
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.
- The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency
- Trump selects someone suing the EPA to head the EPA
- The coming Trump kleptocracy, perfectly captured in a single sentence
- Trump and the Republican Party May Pose the Greatest Threat since Civil War
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.
- Trump, CIA on collision course over Russian involvement in Election
- Michigan recount stopped by Federal Judge
- Voting Rights Act of 1964 gutted
- The Election was Stolen – Here’s How
Famous Fascist Tyrants
Donald Trump? Demagogue in Chief