Fascism: Knocking at the Door
Well here I am back to continue talking about fascism what it is and what it isn’t. Too many Americans don’t have a clue about political and economic systems, I’m sorry if you find that comment offensive but it’s the truth. Most Americans stopped their studies of political science with the one year of civics class they took in high school. Most of those classes never went into the part about how various economic systems and political systems work together. In fact most all of what we Americans got in both the private and public school systems were the pep talks about how America was the greatest nation in the world. With hands over hearts we heard and believed how we were the beacon of liberty to all the unenlightened nations especially with the ones that were living under the darkness of a despotic tyrant. We were sold the American Dream and believed it was instead of a myth. In turn we easily we sold it to all those other nations unfortunate enough not to be an American territory or state. Well the American Dream might have been true enough around 150 years ago but it certainly hasn’t been anything real to Americans or anyone else in the last century. In fact, what we were taught more than anything else in schools about being American, is called nationalism the very thing that led the German people to Nazism quicker than you can say slick as snot. American nationalism morphed into jingoism in high gear after WWII. If you don’t know what jingoism is go look it up. For those of you who are too pressed for time to look it up here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingoism . Nothing we’ve done since the end of WWII could be considered freeing or liberating others, in fact all we did was send our children off to be cannon fodder to protect US corporate interests in nations that didn’t want our particular brand of despotism. What we have done since WWII is make sure nations we “trade” with, and I use the word trade loosely, give us the prices we want for their resources, their labor and every other thing, good ol corporate America wants. For any of you still laboring under the illusion that America is the kind benevolent nation you were taught in school. I suggest you read “War is Racket” by General Smedley Butler a two time Medal of Honor recipient who served in the Marines for over thirty years. Here is the link http://www.wanttoknow.info/warisaracket
In case you still think the threat Americans face today is from socialism or communism, then please go read Karl Marx and I mean the book which many people will find way too daunting because it is over 300 pages and closer to 1000 pages of not exactly the easiest reading you will ever undertake. But here is what they hoped and theorized would happen at some point in time, “Marx and Engels were clear in that the communist goal was a classless society in which the state would have “withered away” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_forms_of_government#Forms_of_government . It is this precise kind of disinformation the powers that be have conned and connived the people into handing over their rights without a whimper. All the uber rich and powerful worldwide had to do, was make our ally during WWII, the Soviets into our enemy. They told us the communists are coming, the communists are coming and of course being good Americans we believed the lying bastards. I don’t think any average American stopped long enough to ask if the communists are coming, how will they occupy the US with the devastating military losses they suffered during WWII which are estimated between 8 to 10 million men. Check out the link if you don’t believe me. http://www.guidetorussia.com/ww2-casualties.asp We had hearings before Congress of how communism was creeping into the nation everywhere. All that did was undo a good deal of the gains the labor movement had during the 1930’s before WWII started. Let’s get real the powers that be, have been around for a long time and usually known by the name Robber Barons. These guys don’t have just a five or ten year goals and plans. They have plans and goals that cover a hundred years. And what these corporate overlords want more than cheap resources is cheap labor. Cheap resources and cheap labor mean huge profit and they don’t care who has to suffer to generate the size profits they want .
If you still think communism is what is threatening America that is exactly what the corporate overlords and robber barons want you to think. But here is what is knocking at the door and frankly has already entered our nation and is slowly going about destroying America like a cancer. And they aren’t liberals or leftists, progressives or gays or atheists. In case you really still don’t understand that fascism is here and is already dismantling our rights and liberties given us by our ancestors over two hundred years ago then read the Fourteen steps to a fascist state. “Here are the defining characteristics of fascism, as evidenced by political analyst Dr. Lawrence Britt, who has studied this doctrine in the case of Germany, Italy, Spain, Indonesia and Chile. See for yourselves how many of them apply to the US right now” And for your own fact finding here is the link for the following points by Dr. Britt. http://www.oldamericancentury.org/whitepapers/defining/identifiers_britt.htm
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.
5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.
6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.
7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.
9. Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.
12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.
14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.
Still think it’s Communism? Socialism? that is nefariously at work in the US? Then stay tuned for more to come. Just a taste for now:
A very popular argument by the Right is to say that the Nazis were Left wing, when in fact they were Right wing in both Germany and the United States.
The Nazis were pro-Christian, anti-communist, certainly anti-Marxist, imprisoned atheist and labor leaders–that sounds right-wing to me! So since the Nazis embraced the Catholic Church (and the Church embraced Hitler), should we call Christianity fascist? And why did the Nazis view “liberals” as their enemy?
In America, German Fascism dazzled many American leaders of capitalist industry. They were William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy(JFK’s father), Charles Lindbergh, John Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon(head of Alcoa, banker, and Secretary of Treasury), DuPont, General Motors, Standard Oil (now Exxon), Henry Ford, ITT,Allen Dulles (later head of the CIA), Prescott Bush (don’t forget him), National City Bank, and General Electric. http://www.oldamericancentury.org/whitepapers/defining/leftwing_or_rightwing.htm
I will be continuing the series of articles discussing fascism, socialism, communism, capitalism, and other political and economic systems. Ignorance is our greatest enemy and is the singularly and simplest way for those with power to keep that power and to keep the masses with jack boots on their necks. So keep tuning in if you find these articles of interest.