"The Fifteen Defining Characteristics of NOT Bowing to Fascism";
by The Arizona Mildman (Steven Walker) copyright 2013.
(Adapted from Dr. Lawrence Britt's "The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism".)
1. NOT allowing you to force me to wave flags, salute flags (real big with the Nazis), salute the president (...or any other authority figure you selected but I didn't have the opportunity to vote for), wear flag lapel pins, wear t-shirts with flags on them, or any other way represent nationalism, including reciting a pledge of any kind, is NOT FASCISM, but bowing to those demands is.
2. NOT allowing you to take away my rights (as defined in the constitution) for any reason, including tending to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. or fear of foreign invaders that won't happen unless we are trying to force them to look, think, be, or believe like us, is NOT FASCISM, but bowing to those things is.
3. NOT allowing you to force me to Identify Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause that you force me to believe, or causing the people of our country to be 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. is NOT FASCISM, but allowing you to make me feel like I hate those people is.
4. NOT allowing you to force me to believe that Supremacy of the Military is necessary, even when there are widespread domestic problems, and allowing the military to be given a disproportionate amount of government funding, while the domestic agenda is neglected, while soldiers and military service are glamorized is NOT FASCISM, but allowing you to make me believe those things is.
5. NOT allowing you to commit Rampant Sexism IS NOT FASCISM, because the governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy in fascist societies.
6. NOT allowing you to control mass media is NOT FASCISM, because in fascist countries, the media is directly controlled by the government (which is controlled by corporate power), not indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives and slanted the way "the establishment" wants it to be in order to tell people what kind of government (and politics) is right, and censorship, especially in war time, is very common, so bowing to those things IS FASCISM. No one source should control mass segments of the social information media.
7. NOT allowing one's self to be controlled by fear is NOT FASCISM, but when the obsession with National Security and when fear is used as a motivational tool by the government or mass media over a society, it IS FASCISM.
8. NOT allowing religion and government to be intertwined is NOT FASCISM, because 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 (including it's constitution), or actions. Allowing government or politicians to use religions to speak for them to intimidate and control society IS FASCISM.
9. NOT allowing corporate power to be protected is NOT FASCISM, because 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. Allowing money from corporations and special interests to control who gets elected, IS FASCISM.
10. NOT allowing labor power to be suppressed is NOT FASCISM, but allowing that, IS FASCISM because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, so in fascist societies labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed (like "right to work" states do).
11. NOT allowing a disdain (hate or fear) for intellectuals and the arts is NOT FASCISM, because fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. In fascist countries, it is common for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts. Allowing those things to happen or attempting to cause society to have a fear or disdain for intellectualism IS FASCISM.
12. NOT allowing one's self to be obsessed with crime and punishment is NOT FASCISM, because under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people in fascist societies 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 so allowing those things IS FASCISM.
13. NOT allowing Rampant Cronyism and Corruption is NOT FASCISM, because fascist regimes are almost always 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 and allowing those things IS FASCISM.
14. NOT allowing Fraudulent Elections is NOT FASCISM, because elections in fascist nations are a complete sham or at 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 (voter suppression), and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
15. Not allowing you to force me to be a fascist is NOT forcing Nazi-ism down your throat or "taking away your rights" because if you want to live in a fascist society, you need to go somewhere else where they don't have a constitution, laws, courts, elections, and a Supreme Court.
NOTE: Allowing yourself or your society to be controlled by people who want to control you is being subservient and becoming part of a "fascist society" where people's wills are controlled and they follow blindly with the attitude of, "Oh well, that's the way it is here." is how fascist leaders take over. A society can't be controlled by media or government unless they allow it. Being forced to become part of a 'previously written for you' scenario isn't freedom, it is a kind of 'hidden message' fascism. And the society that allows these things is just as responsible as the leaders who try to impose it. Laws are made to protect ourselves and our rights are supposed to be for everyone. They are not just legal rights, they are human rights that are protected by law that were written to protect us, when someone tried to take them away. We must look at them from that standpoint. As long as I am not harming another human being, I should be within my rights, according to the constitution. Human rights demand equality. Equality means everyone.