Fascism is the belief in the absolute control of everyone/everything. A form of government that is slowly becoming popular in america.
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14 identifying characteristics of Fascism by Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt. ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20)

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism:

Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottoes, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obsession with National Security:

Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.
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The only defference between fascism and a democrocy is that a democracy has bigger cages and longer chains
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"Everyone who disagree's with us want fascism! - The fascist left.
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There is a lot of talk about Fascism. Is it truly Fascism that the conservative people are after, or is it a balancing of the ideals of the American way of life? From all of the talk of those who hold to a liberal mindset, the definition of Fascism is more definitive of them. They can not be reasoned with, which is an aspect of Fascism. Their beliefs come first, which, again, is a point of Fascism. Their ideas of equality rest only in their point of view, which is again, Fascism. It is time to turn off the rhetoric and look at the base core of the talk. Is it one group that wants everything for everyone? A Shangri-La, or Nirvana where all are equal, and no one is ever left out from anything? If this is what the left wants, it might exist for a time, a short time, but chaos and deprivation will follow it, and destroy it. It is far better to have what you currently have, and to work to improve yourself, than to have what you desire handed to you. What is freely given, in this material world is easily lost, or set aside as not being worthwhile. Why, it was not worked for, it is seen as being easily replaced. What is worked for is valued. That is the way that anything of value is obtained. The cry of Fascism from those that are leading the effort is a lie, being used to get what they want, regardless of how much trouble it creates for anyone else. It is nothing more than a power grab, and useful idiots are their cannon fodder.
Fascism's definition is being twisted into a concept that is not described by the word itself.
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Fascism has appeared in many nations over the past 80-odd years. Look up the histories of Germany, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Zaire, South Africa, Greece and other countries that have had fascist governments or do today.

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
- Sinclair Lewis

From the CD liner notes booklet of the 2008 album "Accelerate" by R.E.M.
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