If these ring any bells here in the early 21st century , it surely must be purely coincidence…or not!
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia.
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.”
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.
4. “Controlled” Mass Media – In many cases the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.
5. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool.
6. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Leaders of 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.
7. 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.
8. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
9. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism.
10. 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.
From: Facism Anyone?
By Laurence W. Britt, Free Inquiry Magazine, Vol 22 no 2, [15 July 2003]