Lawrence W. Britt: 14 Characteristics of Fascism

Sound familiar? Scarecrow certainly thinks so.

Vox Populi

Historian Lawrence Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile) and found they had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics 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 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, and long incarcerations of prisoners.
  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…

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27 thoughts on “Lawrence W. Britt: 14 Characteristics of Fascism

  1. I might be mistaken or overcritical, but it seems a fair proportion of the List are already in practise by most of our so called Democratic governments, but I suppose my total disillusionment these days, lends me to my sarcastic opinions…..

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  2. Posting this on your site might seem a radical digression. But perhaps not if one views this as a searing prose poem, not to be digested or “understood” solely through intellect, but rather as transportation into the heart and guts of those who will feel the weight of such policies, or even ourselves, an abstract litany, a way of telling me what I (and what we all) have to lose. Not pretty.



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