Thursday, October 23, 2008

here ya go nan. . .

an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views, a person with ultra-nationalist views, populism based on the nationalist values

or

Those who actively support the interests of the working-class as a whole, without any kind of prejudice (ie without regard for nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.)


hmm. . . what a choice.

i was doing a little research. . . the 14 points of fascism: the warning signs.


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.

i was trying to find the warning signs of socialism but all i came upon were fox loving right wing people's blogs. not a lot of truth there. i guess this might be construed as conspiracy too but after hearing Sen. Bernie Sanders from VT on real time, i realized maybe socialist democracy is the way to go.

we all know that extremism doesn't work on either end but we have to fix the problems and i'm sorry we can't trust or expect really rich people to take care of the people in this trickle down theory.  working from the bottom up seems so logical.

and. . . kiko and i were talking last night.  he said people need wars, its in human nature.  i thought, no it's in man's nature, not woman's.  he said ya but women are prone to the emotional you would never want to kill anyone who deserves it.  well i'm going to have to go with your right, even though i'm not hugely religious, i'm all for the 10 commandments being some pretty good rules to live by.  hmmm. . . 

1 comment:

The Lucks said...

Awesome! Thanks, girl! On the last paragraph...the 10 commandments, what Republican is truly following any of them...oh, and to think about biblican works, let's talk about the 7 deadly sins:
Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride, Lust, Gluttony. Welcome to America.