America drifts into Fascism: Fourteen Articles of Decline

If you’ve been paying attention to the events happening in this country as of late, you should notice that the consciousness of our government and people are slowly moving towards a fascist direction. I don’t know if we are a full fledged fascist empire yet but we sure seem to be exhibiting a lot of the symptoms of one. Take for instance this quote from Benito Mussolini:

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini (from Encyclopedia Italiana, Giovanni Gentile, editor)

What used to be a free and democratic state, we have collectively been dragged into a new social paradigm. The moves have been slow and deliberate much like a pick chipping away at a monolithic stone. One thing is for sure, the country we have known and grown up with is a thing of the past. The acceleration of the loss of our liberties have been severe within the last 8 years especially. So lets list the 14 core tenants of fascism and see if we here in the U.S. have fulfilled these conditions;


1. Powerful and Continuing Jingoism – 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. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

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.

7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by elites through government over the masses, which are treated like sheep to be hearded;.

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. Labour Power along with Human Rights are Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labour is the only real threat to a fascist government, labour unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed, under an elite-directed and co-opted labour bureaucracy.

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.

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 wont go into specifics but I will leave you, the reader to decide if we have met these conditions yet. The next logical question one would ask is “How can we turn the tide and reverse these events?”.

A truism from George Bernard Shaw that I refer to occasionally:

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

The answer? WAKE UP! Get involved!

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