|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.
Oversimplify by ignoring (perhaps because comprehension is elusive) the
concerns of any group but one's own.
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, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Oversimplify by ignoring (comprehension elusive?) the human rights
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 threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities;
liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
Oversimplify by egocentric urges to scapegoat others.
|4. 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
Oversimplify through a wish to not think for oneself--and by failure to
understand multi-dimensional ranking.
|5. 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.
by failure to properly sort through multiple factors and failure to sort
from irrelevance among those factors.
|6. Controlled Mass Media—Sometimes the media is directly controlled
by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled
by government regulation, or through sympathetic media spokespeople and
executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.
control of public opinion because of widespread difficulty of seeing how
multiple interacting influences relate--coupled with self-deceptive
beliefs in anything desirable.
|7. Obsession with National Security—Fear is used as a motivational
tool by the government over the masses.
that fails to comprehend mutual reciprocity -- subject to false notions
that everything revolves about oneself, that what seems threatening refers
to oneself when it really doesn't.
|8. 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.
And failure to recognize the logical contradictions between deeply held
beliefs of other people, including the beliefs of science as well as of
|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.
Especially that which ranks people, not by their multidimensional value
to others, but by the single measure, wealth.
for important bottom-of-page text on Autonomy.
|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.
a strong desire to maneuver the "lesser" people into servitude
|11. 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.
Failure to comprehend abstractions deeper than the metaphor level.
(Math level is seen as "not real.")
|12. 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.
Oversimplify by egocentric urges to scapegoat others–especially when the
scapegoater himself engages in depraved behavior which he almost
|13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption—Fascist regimes are almost always
governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to
government positions, and who 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.
by ignoring (or because of inability to comprehend) the human rights
of others...and, of course, the "privatization" of tollgate
|14. Fraudulent Elections—Sometimes elections in fascist nations are
a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns
against (or even the assassination of) opposition candidates, the use of
legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries,
and the manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their
judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
flavor of anti-intellectual egocentrism
-- supported by PAP,
scapegoating, and failure to comprehend human and civil rights.