“14 defining characteristics of fascism”

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Over at TruthOut, beachdweller has posted a summary of Dr. Lawrence Britt’s “Fascism Anyone?” from Free Inquiry’s Spring 2003 issue. (The original article is available on the SecularHumanism.org website here.) Britt begins with a historical overview:

For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. To be sure, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history. But they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

After enumerating his 14-point list, his conclusion is guardedly pessimistic:

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.

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