One of the most frightening aspects, to me at any rate, of the current political scene in the western world, is manner in which the left/liberal propagandists label anyone who disagrees with them a "Fascist" - often without actually knowing anything at all about Fascism. This was brought home to me quite recently when I discovered a list, dreamed up by a Dr Lawrence.Reading through the 14 points he claims "define" a "Fascist State" I confess that I found myself wondering about this man's background and credentials.
What emerged is that he is a sociologist, holds some very socialist views and follows the humanist/secularist philosophy according to several sources. That he was rabidly anti-George W Bush and is anti-capitalist is also apparent. What is troubling is that many on the left of the political spectrum have adopted these 14 points with delight and are now claiming they "prove" that capitalism, and more specifically religion (In the form of Christianity in the US) are "Fascist."
So what are these 14 points and how did he arrive at them? To answer the last part first, he studied Hitler, Mussolini, Suharto, Franco and a number of South American Dictators. Anyone spot the obvious omissions? You may when you read the fourteen 'proofs'...
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
4. Supremacy of the Military
5. Rampant Sexism
6. Controlled Mass Media
7. Obsession with National Security
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
9. Corporate Power is Protected
10. Labor Power is Suppressed
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
14. Fraudulent Elections
The timing of the release of these was significant, they came out just before the last Presidential elections, the inference being that to vote for the right, was a vote for fascism as defined above. You may say that the last is hardly a defining characteristic of the US electoral system, but many Democrats still believe that GWB won the Florida election - the key state that put him in the White House - by fraud. That despite all the recounts, examination of 'hanging chards' and several court cases.
What is worrying about this is that the list is currently being promoted by such organizations as the 'Liberty Forum,' the 'Humanist Secularist Society' and every left wing political organization as 'proof' that anyone and everyone on the 'right' is a Fascist.
Let's take another look at the list. If you know your political history, this could define any and every 'socialist' and 'communist' state of the last hundred years. In fact it is a far better description of those political systems than it is of the capitalist states it is aimed at. But that is the skill of the propagandist, vilify, demonize and make sure that no one checks what you are not telling them - and when they do, stifle debate by screaming epithets and labels to drown out their argument or present it as "immoral" or "Fascist" .... Since the media are today controlled and managed almost exclusively by left wing owners and staffed by left leaning journalists, one wonders at his point number 6 in the context of western society.
While the west has cut back on the military, and rising crime suggests that not enough attention is being focussed on criminal activity, we find that in the socialist world, the opposite is true. As for No. 11, this list and much of the touchy-feely ideology that bedevils our society stems from giving the groups mentioned in No 11 far too much say - the vast majority of them don't live in the real world or face the very real challenges and problems almost everyone outside of that group do. Plus, again, this is the very group that Chairman Mao and Joe Stalin tried to suppress - so were they actually 'Fascists' in disguise? And how about the suppression and tight control of Labour Unions in the Socialist/Communist countries? Maybe they were actually Capitalists in disguise?
Number 5 on the list is almost equally adrift, looking at the Socialist and Communist states the good doctor apparently wants to emulate, we find fewer women and even fewer 'gays' in positions of real authority. Personally I find No. 8 on this list about sums up the lack of proper analysis. Hitler, the architect of Fascism in its most evil form, was a Humanist/Secularist. Stalin, an avowed Atheist, unashamedly ordered the opening of churches he had closed and stripped and then ordered the priests and bishops he had sent to Labour Camps, to support the people's need for religion with prayers for Mother Russia. No mention of that on the secularist websites promoting the idea that conservative politics equals Fascism and Christianity is a Fascist philosophy - as identified in No.3...
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