Sunday, January 3, 2021

Trump supporter, do you deserve to be called a fascist? Take the test

 

 Some of Trump's supporters have been accused of being fascists and Trumpism shares some characteristics, but not all, with the 1930's Europeans  So abhorrent were the 1930s' dictators, calling someone a fascist is taken as an inflammatory insult.  It is a political philosophy, but how it was carried out can be separated from the ideology and philosophy.  There are many shades of fascism and not all fascists try to exterminate those who they deemed an undesirable race  One ideologically opposite of democracy is fascism.  That is clear. It is autocracy at its extreme when applied to governing.. Many of its characteristics are also shared by communists, right-wing, non-ideological power-seekers,  totalitarians,  and others on the far left. However, what sets fascism apart is capitalism and its preservation and coziness with businesses and corporations.   

 There are many definitions and books on the ideological definitions of fascism and often they cite how it was applied in the 1930's compared with today, and especially Trumpism. Separating ideology from its application is possible.  The best modern definition of fascism as an ideology  I have seen is one provided in 2013, well before Trump's political rise and before the term was applied to Trump supporters or Donald Trump himself. . Dr. Lawrence Britt, an Australian political scientist wrote "14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism":[  Those who wonder if they are ideological fascists or object to being called one, take the test and see how many with which you agree. If the shoe fits wear it

  1. Nationalism: saying one's own country is better than other countries
  2. Disdain for human rights
  3. Scapegoating: blaming someone else for the country's problems
  4. Putting the military first
  5. Sexism: saying men are better than women
  6. Control of mass media: telling newspapers and other sources of news what they can and cannot tell the people
  7. Focus on national security
  8. Close ties between religion and government
  9. Protection of businesses and corporations
  10. Suppression of labor power: preventing labor unions from becoming powerful
  11. Disdain for intellectuals and the arts: telling people not to listen to scientists, scholars, and artists
  12. Focus on crime and crimefighting
  13. Corruption
  14. .Fraudulent elections: Even if the people vote, the votes are either not counted or otherwise abused. In some fascist governments, leaders will have their opponents killed. .   

 

 

   The application of fascism and Trumpism is the subject of recent writings. My favorite:.:  www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-25/madeleine-albright-thinks-its-time-set-alarm-fascism.   The Britt article was found on Wikipedia and a google search

Another view similar to the test above: Opinion | If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the U.S., You Should Be - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

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