Definition of a WW2 enemy – Fascism

Today is a fairly slow Sunday. I woke up unusually early and decided to whittle away the quiet pre-power tool hours catching up on a few work emails, do a little admin on the company firewall and surf a bit. I also spent some time belting MySQL on an Ubuntu box. Sweet.

As usual, I used my StumbleUpon to find something to rev me up. The internet is now all mindless blogs from airhead bimbos who can’t spell or conjunct a verb, corporate rubbish, FUD and advertising. I remember the good old days when people used the web to create very imaginative sites such as The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Now, the FSM-ism, or rightly “pastafarianism” is an utterly fantastic thing, for religion in general looks pretty “made up” on most fronts and these guys view look as genuine as any other religion. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has its own Wikipedia entry and a bunch of the usual religious accoutrement that surrounds any organized cult. (bumper stickers, books, t-shirts, derision of other religion brainwashing materials, donations, etc).

I digress, for Pasta does that to one…….

What I stumbled across was some rantings from old WW2 propaganda drummed up by the Allies against the Evils of the Axis. The usual “if they don’t get them, they’ll get us” routines overflowing with the frothing font of “protect our freedoms” and “fight them on the beaches”.

Stirling stuff. I can see why hundreds of thousands of young guys would want to pick up a gun and die in the mud.

So I went over to the Google-Monster and fed it with “fascism definition” and it returned quite a range of material. I was interested in the definitions of fascism, and why it was evil and had to be stopped. Heck, the propoganda was certain of it’s need to be stopped, and the lives of my ancestors demanded I know why they died.

So, kindly of Old American Century I found this chestnut, which was supported by Wikipedia and a Google Definition.

Interesting reading……

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.

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.

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. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

6.) Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the 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.

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.

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 is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

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

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.

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.

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~ by evanism on December 17, 2006.

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