14 Points of Fascism
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 infascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored incertain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other wayor even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, longincarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3.) Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause: The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the needto eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic orreligious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4.) Supremacy of the Military: Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is givena disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domesticagenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5.) Rampant Sexism: The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusivelymale-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles aremade more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia andanti-gay legislation and national policy.
6.) Controlled Mass Media: Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but inother cases, the media is indirectly controlled by governmentregulation, 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 inthe nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoricand terminology is common from government leaders, even when the majortenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government'spolicies 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 highereducation, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and otheracademics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the artsis 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 toenforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abusesand even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There isoften a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascistnations
13.) Rampant Cronyism and Corruption: Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends andassociates who appoint each other to government positions and usegovernmental power and authority to protect their friends fromaccountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for nationalresources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolenby 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.