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3 of 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Sunday, February 26, 2006

(Note: I quickly discovered that there was simply no way I could crank this thing out in the timeline I gave myself. I wouldn't be doing this piece or you any service if I were to even attempt such an ambitious goal. I will, however, endeavor to get at least one catagory posted per day. To be honest, It's not that there's so little to be found for examples, it's that there's so many. I just want to try and pick the best.)
The 3rd of the 14 characteristics of Fascism is:

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.
Also, if you know of a better example for one of the subjects I've listed, let me know in the 'Comments' section.


Blogger Mark said...

Except for State Capitalism or State Corporatism, all the characteristics of Fascism you list are those of all authoritarian or totalitarian States. In fact, the definition (or at least the usage) of the word, "fascism", has loosened to the point where it often means simply oppressive government. This is another unfortunate degradation of the language.


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