Donald Trump is hitting all the markers of a fascist

 

 

trump_it_cant_happen_here-620x412In 2004 Dr Laurence Britt, a political scientist, suggested that there were 14 common tenets of fascism.  Lets see how The Donald matches up. Oh, and do read Sinclair Lewis’s wondrous dystopia.

 

Britt’s 14 Characteristics

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.

Make America Great!

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.

“He may be talking, but he’ll talk faster with the torture,” Trump said, suggesting torture could have prevented Tuesday attacks which have left at least 30 people dead.”I would be willing to bet that he knew about this bombing that took place today,” Trump said. “We have to be smart. It’s hard to believe we can’t waterboard which is — look, nothing’s nice about it but, it’s your minimal form of torture. We can’t waterboard and they can chop off heads. “

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-torture-waterboarding

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/198914/on-torture-trump-is-consistent

 “Torture works, okay folks?…Believe me, it works.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-torture-works/ 

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.

Latinos are rapists, killers, criminals. Oh and so also are blacks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_us_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b

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.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-defense-budget-increase-2016-4?r=US&IR=T

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-slams-jeb-praises-putin-in-extensive-interview-with-bill-oreilly/

Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/131835-the-9-most-sexist-donald-trump-quotes-from-2015-are-honestly-just-the-tip-of-the

Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-killing-reporters-vladimir-putin-2015-12?r=US&IR=T

Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

BROWN RAPIST CRIMINALS !!!!

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.

An obsession with muslims

http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11833548/donald-trump-support-race-religion-economy

“I’ll tell you one thing: I get elected president, we’re going to be saying ‘merry Christmas’ again. Just remember that,” he said. “And by the way, Christianity will have power, without having to form.”He added: “Because if I’m there, you’re going to have plenty of power. You don’t need anybody else. You’re going to have somebody representing you very, very well. Remember that.”

http://uk.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-christianity-merry-christmas-2016-1?r=US&IR=T

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.

http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donald_Trump_Corporations.htm

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.

“At one time, Trump “was a fairly good player in the area of union relationships,” the union leader says, but “as he expanded his little empire out of the metro area [of New York and New Jersey], they became more and more anti-union.”

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-labor-pains-466220

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 and letters is openly attacked.

“ I love the poorly educated”

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/watch-trump-brag-about-uneducated-voters-the-hispanics-20160224

“As president, I would ensure that the National Endowment of the Arts stops funding of this sort.” (The Daily News pointed out that the organization’s correct title is “National Endowment for the Arts,” and that the NEA did not give any funding to the Brooklyn Museum’s show that featured Ofili.) Regarding the Ofili, Trump continued: “It’s not art. It’s absolutely gross, degenerate stuff.” Note the word “degenerate.” There was, of course, another politician who used that adjective to describe works of art that offended him.” http://www.artnews.com/2016/04/04/absolutely-gross-degenerate-stuff-trump-and-the-arts/

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.

“At the same time, we have to give power back to the police, because crime is rampant,” Trump said then. In reality, crime rates have been falling for decades, a trend that continued apace in 2015.“

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-police_us_569869d1e4b0b4eb759df9b8

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and 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.

“He is, in short, the essence of that commingling of big business and government that goes under the name of crony capitalism.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/opinion/campaign-stops/donald-trump-crony-capitalist.html

Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Well, we haven’t had an election yet but his views on the judiciary are…startling

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-outlaw-view-of-the-judiciary/2016/06/03/eba2b416-29a9-11e6-a3c4-0724e8e24f3f_story.html

 

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3 thoughts on “Donald Trump is hitting all the markers of a fascist

  1. Tony Brogan

    Never mind what Trump thinks or may do. You have described the current USA government. It is completely fascist already.

    Reply
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