I am using the 14 points of Fascism developed by Milton Mayer as he examined the rise of Fascism in Germany during the 1933 – 1945 time span. The extrapolations or interpretations are my own.
It needs to be noted that there is no particular developmental ordering represented here. The points are simply listed because they exist and portend the development of a mindset that accepts governance that takes away personal freedoms and seeks to control both the individual and the state – for its own good.
The first on the list, though it could appear anywhere, is…
A Powerful and continuing Expression of Nationalism. In the previous administration, the Bush years, this was much more obvious than it has been recently. It still continues, however, in the form of fear of things foreign that border on xenophobia. The often over-the-top expressions of patriotic fervor as in those expressed toward Iran, Palestine and Syria are cautionary indicators of how easy it is to fall victim to nationalism.
The second, and for our current situation, the more obvious sign is…
Disdain for the Importance of Human Rights. Currently the attitude of the ruling elite is that Human Rights are of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of control. Through the use of advertising and media the population is being shown that these various human rights violations are unimportant. The targets of the violations, woman and minorities, are being marginalized, and in certain cases, demonized.
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