Monday, June 05, 2006

Fourteen Steps to Fascisim

I'm reading a book by the Rev. Robin Meyers called Why the Christian Right is Wrong. The author is trying to offer scriptural repudiations for virtually every position of the C-right. Its pretty good, but very knee-jerk leftist. There is one very interesting passage where he quotes a political scientist, Lawrence Britt, who has compilled a list the characteristics of fascism.

1. Powerfull and continuing nationalism;
2. distain for the recognition of human rights;
3. identification of enemies and scapegoats as a unifying cause;
4. supremacy of the military;
5. rampant sexism;
6. controlled mass media;
7. obsession with national security;
8. religion and government intertwined;
9. protection of corporate power;
10. suppression of labor power;
11. distain for intellectuals and the arts;
12. obsession with crime and punishment;
13. rampant cronyism and corruption and
14. fraudulent election.

I've often joked that I thought the first American Emperor would be a Republican. I hope I'm not right.


Blogger dantelavelli said...

Seems like you have taken #3 to heart here: broadly identifying Republicans and Christians as enemies and scapegoats. Not all Republicans and Christians are worthy of enemy/scapegoat status in my view - in fact, most are not. A more enlightened view, I think, would see America as the residence of well intended persons positioned on a long axis of thought with extremists on each end. I recognize that Cynthia McKinney does not represent all Democrats/Secularists and hope that you can recognize that Roy Moore does not represent all Republicans/Christians.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Unconscionable said...

On the other hand, you very seldom hear the center and the left calling for biblical reprisals on minorities or 'the other', such as gays or unwed mothers or immigrants. The right-wing, and particularly the Christian right-wing sets the social agenda for the GOP today. If there are cooler heads that could prevail then the party would do well to get them out in public. I haven't heard a lot of tolerance lately. For example, witness this inane Senate escapade on gay marriage this week; a measure specifically designed to gain political support for the GOP through an overt act of singling out a minority group and discriminating against it. I don’t think a generalization of the GOP on this one is altogether unwarranted.

7:53 PM  
Blogger righteouschick said...

Before posting any more "enlightened" comments about the Republican Party's march to fascism, perhaps you may want to learn how to spell. It's "fascism", not "fascisim" and "disdain", not "distain".

2:15 PM  
Anonymous ashland60 said...

its funny how the left is so scared that the christian right is going to impose all these horrible things on people,yet i bet they cant state one thing the religious right has done that has affected their life. i can think of thousands of things liberals have done to affect our lives though. the left doesnt seem to have a problem with that.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like you have your Fascist First American Emperor in OBAMA - he's is an ideal example of a Fascist and how they use power, scare tactics and force to hiw will on a country that doesn't want him.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Unconscionable said...

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11:17 AM  
Blogger Unconscionable said...

Dude, really? After Bush and a clean election you think Obama is a fascist? I’ve never said this to anyone posting on the Objector before: You’re an idiot.

11:42 AM  

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