After studying seven fascist regimes, Laurence W. Britt provided these early warning signs of fascism: Powerful and continuing nationalism; disdain for human rights; identification of enemies as a unifying cause; supremacy of the military; rampant sexism; effort to control mass media; obsession with national security; religion and government intertwined; corporate power protected; labor power suppressed; disdain for intellectuals and the arts; obsession with crime and punishment; rampant cronyism and corruption; and fraudulent elections.

Jim Finley

Texas City


(18) comments

Bailey Jones

I hope the point of this isn't to equate the current administration with a fascist regime. Trump is no Hitler, no Mussolini, no Franco. More like a Berlusconi, a tabloid clown not a strong man.

Paul Hyatt

I agree with you. Trump is not what the author is wring about. In fact most of what he was writing about fits the DNC party....

Carlos Ponce

"not a strong man" Hmmm... Then why are Democrats AFRAID of him?[scared]

Paula Flinn

Because Pres. Trump is a narcissistic sociopath and a pathological liar. Not all Democrats are afraid of him, just the damage he is doing. Ms. Pelosi is assuredly not afraid of him.

Carlos Ponce

"narcissistic" Paula?
Do a word count of the number of times Trump used the word "I" as opposed to the number of times Obama used the word "I".

Diane Turski

This a warning to look for these signs of fascism so you can recognize it and stop it from taking hold. Trump and those in his administration have exhibited all of these signs, but the resistance from the American people who have recognized these signs are working to stop them.

Claudia Burnam

Thanks Diane, I need my chuckle for the day! E G Wiley

Carlos Ponce

"Trump and those in his administration have exhibited all of these signs" - Not really but some of them manifested themselves in earlier administrations. Control media? Trump just wants them to be honest as do most Americans.The media is controlled by Leftists in this country who put political ideology over honesty. You know about the Democrat Virginia governor accused of racism over his college yearbook page. But CNN identified him as Republican. An honest mistake or the idea that an "enlightened" Democrat could be accused of racism just did not fit their false narrative they've been peddling for years? Sounds like mind control - very Orwellian.

George Croix

"Not accepting the results of an election is a direct threat to our democracy."
'Resist' that......

Paula Flinn

You mean like when Trump tried to prove Pres. Obama was born outside the US ? Even though his mother was a US citizen.

George Croix

Yes, I mean that, too, PF.
I mean any and all such two-faced BS.
Although it's a bit of a stretch to equate an at the time television personality with an at that the time Democrat presidential candidate.
Trump admitted on national TV that he was wrong to make his comments. When do you suppose Hillary and the 'resistance' will live up to THEIR words.........??

Paula Flinn

When there is proof that Russia didn’t have anything to do with influencing the results of the 2016 election. Hillary won the popular vote, but not the electoral college vote—the one that counted.

George Croix

PF, the 'resistance' isn't 'resisting' Russia....they're 'resisting' President Donald Trump.
You know that perfectly well, because you are a smart lady.
The 'resistance' didn't CARE about Russia in the run up to the election when then President Barack Obama KNEW they were, yet again, interfering in our (and everybody else;'s they can) elections, but kept quite, except "Cut it out", because EVERYBODY, inlcuding Trump, thought Hillary would win - at that time Russia was just another part of 'no matter what she did' and everybody got ready to celebrate 'Madam President'.
Had Hillary won, there would BE NO 'RESISTANCE', despite those SAME Russians 'interfering'. Surely you do not deny that, PF......
There would be NO investigations into 'Russian interference', no matter it still happened, James Comey and the other soft coup attempters would still be in the FBI, Mueller would be some kind of German beer nobody ever heard of,...etc.
If 'collusion with Russians' is REALLY your 'resistance', then why did you VOTE FOR the one person actively DOING that directly, PROVEN, on record, millions paid out for dirt and phony documents....
The 'resistance' is dishonest .
Or, at best, embarrassed to have wasted their time supporting a candidate who couldn't even beat Donald Trump.
Hillary LOST. Get over it. She lost because she took the single digit electoral votes for granted....HER dumb moves, not anybody else....
That will be a BOON to the fast food industry in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in 20120, because you can bet a BUNCH that the Dem candidate will be practicaly camped out at the Chipotles and mcDonalds in those states....... [beam][beam]
Even if you deny fact and ignore all. then, if you and the 'resistance' really ARE mad at the Russians, then why not damn and bemoan ex-President Obama, who's job it was to prevent that, knew about it, did nothing......
Never mind, that was a rhetorical question........

Carlos Ponce

Paula writes, "When there is proof that Russia didn’t have anything to do with influencing the results of the 2016 election."
The Senate Intelligence Committee said they did not
James Comey said they did not.
James Clapper said they did not.
Sounds like "proof" to me.

david Dumas

Thanks for mentioning this.

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 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 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.

George Croix

Sounds like the 'Green New Deal'.....

Paula Flinn

Nope! Sounds like, “My way or the Highway” Trump to me.

George Croix

PF, get some new hearing aid batteries, because about the only practical PERSONAL difference between Donald Trump and Barack Obama THEMSELVES is one of them was half black....

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