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Collective Intelligence and Economic Fascism

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Corporate Power is Protected — The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation is often who puts government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business-government relationship and power elite.

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 academics to be censored or even arrested.  Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment — The police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws under fascist regimes.  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.

Loehr also quoted Vice President Wallace’s 1944 comments on the nature of fascism and fascists:

Democracy, to crush fascism internally must… develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget.  It must put human beings first and dollars second.  It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels….  Another important caveat is the fact that many qualities of fascism can exist independently of it and in other political/economic systems.

Most of this evidence for Economic Fascism is present in the United States, France, and China.  It occurs in democracies and tyrannies, socialist, communist and religious systems, in families, and really anywhere.  It’s always justified as necessary by authority figures and main stream media, and is reinforced with laws, police and government action.  The demonization of any one system by the others is part of validating and reaffirming the virtues of one’s own true belief.

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