I looked up “Economic Fascism” on the internet and found Austin Cline’s blog on the subject posted December 14, 2012 on About.com. He cites a sermon of Davidson Loehr’s at his First UU Church of Austin, Texas, in which he described the principle characteristics of fascism and the ways in which he sees the United States adopting far too many of its features. Loehr cited fourteen “identifying characteristics of fascism” used in Dr. Lawrence Britt’s essay “Fascism Anyone?” from Free Inquiry magazine, including:
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.
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.
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause — 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.
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 are glamorized.
Controlled Mass Media — Sometimes the media are directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media are indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in wartime, is very common.
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.Download Article 1K Club