It's a sad commentary and I do not need to say much more, except you wonder how this lunacy can continue unchecked.
I read this article at a well known blog some time ago and finally decided it's time to make some noise about it. Such thoughts on our diminishing freedoms are always under reported by the mainstream media. I wonder when the sheeples will wake up!
Does the description below fit any nation-state you are familiar with today? This checklist below is quoted from an article in Robin Good's blog . The entire text and references can be found in the article at Master Mind Media.
Check and decide for yourself: Here are the common traits of popular totalitarian states drawn from the past governments of Germany (under the Nazis), Italy (under Mussolini), Spain (Franco), Indonesia (Suharto) and of some Latin American countries:
- Powerful and continuing nationalism: Totalitarian 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.
- Disdain for the recognition of human rights: Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in totalitarian 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.
- 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, Islamic terrorists, etc.
- 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.
- Rampant sexism: The governments of totalitarian nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under such 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.
- 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 wartime, is very common.
- Obsession with national security: Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
- 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.
- Corporate power is protected: The industrial and business aristocracies of totalitarian (mostly fascist) nations often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
- 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.
- Disdain for intellectuals and the arts: Totalitarian 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.
- Obsession with crime and punishment: Under totalitarian 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 such nations.
- Rampant cronyism and corruption: Totalitarian (and in particular, 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 such regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
- Fraudulent elections: Sometimes elections in totalitarian 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. Such totalitarian nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
How many of the above traits seem to be creeping or already part of the United States democracy in power today?
Referenced from the article:
Outline of 14 totalitarian governments above excerpted from "The 14 Characteristics of Fascism" first published on globalresearch.ca by Lawrence Britt in Spring 2003 - I have willfully edited the word "fascist" in most instances and replaced it with the word "totalitarian" to provide greater access to the above from those with strong prejudices against the association of the word "fascist" with the government of the US.
Reference: PR Newswire story from Jan 16 2007, 06:34 PM
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