dear goodness, where do you get those definitions from? To equate fascism with capitalism is really far fetched at best. Since there really is no definition of fascism in existence, all you can do is trace back the historic roots of the name, which lay in italy of the first half of the 20th cetury, where one Benito Mussollini set up political men's associations (italian fasci = association) which later put him into power as a dictator. Those fascists were nationalistic, racist and totalitarian. Beyond that, in particular in the german variant, they were collectivists and socialists (hence the name national socialists used by the german nazis).
Real socialism is always despotic, because by its very nature it tries to impose ideas. That is the reason why it is completely incompatible with christianity, and that is why socialist governments have always turned against christianity. Capitalism simply means the freedom to acquire wealth, which is perfectly good and biblical, if it is done without stealing from somebody else. The nazis were much closer to socialism than to capitalism
You have no idea of the nature of fascism - equating it as you do with German National Socialism of the 1930's. Here are two definitions suggested by historic leaders. I think they have a better idea of it than the average American.
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group.
" - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power
" - Benito Mussolini
And a third by a prominent nobel prize winning author.
"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
" - Sinclair Lewis
The classic definition of fascism includes dictatorial control and autocratic rule. That's a problem for Americans who don't see the dangers of encroaching corporatism or are unaware of current political realities.
The three primary branches of government in America are NOT what we were taught in school.
They are: the military-industrial complex, the financial cartel and the intelligence community.
None are elected and all function independently of one another. Congress and the President are subservient to them.
POTUS, in reality, is a middle management position.
From the time ANY member of congress is elected, as well as POTUS, they are consumed with the necessity of raising funds for re-election. Where do these funds come from? They usually come from corporate contributions.Does the reader really believe that contributions of millions of dollars on behalf of corporate interest is not given without expectation of favorable action in return?
Voters give little or nothing, therefore their influence on government is minimal.
"Any individual who is able to raise [enough money] to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent...whatever moneyed entities are paying for him.... Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.
" - GORE VIDAL
Why do you suppose there has been so much talk about voting irregularities in America over the last twenty years? It's not because we don't have a system that can accurately count votes. It's because votes aren't being accurately counted. Have you asked yourself why it's easy to install an ATM that never fails and impossible to setup voting machines that don't have 'glitches'? The problem is deliberate.The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.
- Joseph Stalin
In twenty-first century America, the free enterprise system has been turned into a fascistic state-run economic system. If you disagree, do this little exercise: think about everything you do every day - everything your life touches - everything that touches you. Then find me one second of your 24-hour day that isn't regulated by government. You can't even breathe without a Federal regulation on clean air in place.
The truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice perpetrated by police as well as racial intolerance and oppression is rampant. Where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. If one black man or one poor Latino is suppressed or intimidated, how long do you think it will be before the white middle class isn't affected?
Do you really believe our leaders intend us to be free to do and say and believe as we please? THEY DO NOT. Consider the words of two former presidents.
'There ought to be limits to freedom
.' --Presidential candidate George W. Bush in a press conference at the Texas State House, May 21, 1999
"The role of government is to rein in the rights of the people.
" - Bill Clinton
As stated in a previous post of mine, Communism is socialism in the extreme. Government controls production and provides the excuse its for the good of the people. Fascism is capitalism in the extreme. Government is controlled by corporate influence and the excuse is that it's for the good of the people. Meanwhile the gullible masses in both cases believe everything they're told by government.Use the following list of fascist tendencies to measure its progress in America.
(An asterisk * precedes those items which are now observable.)
Nobody says "NO" and lives to talk about it.
* liberalism is history
* Constant warfare
* Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
* Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
* Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
* Supremacy of the Military
* Rampant Sexism - government exclusively male-dominated
* Controlled Mass Media
* Obsession with National Security
* Religion and Government are Intertwined
* Corporate Power is Protected
* Labor Power is Suppressed
Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - expression suppressed
* Obsession with Crime and Punishment
* Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
* Fraudulent Elections
* 15/17 positive hits
Finally it can be truly said that America has turned its back on God. Certainly the land is filled with religious folks, but few of them have any idea what their religion truly entails. In America the STATE, not God is given ultimate allegiance.The alienation of God in society began in the classroom. Today, blasphemies can easily be seen on TV and the cinema. Hollywood portrays the sane as the insane. The abnormal and perverted as normal. The unborn babies are seen as nothing. The silent holocaust continues. Is it any wonder America is in trouble?
- PravdaThose who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.
" -William Penn
The reader may turn his back upon current dangerous trends in American society. The reader may ignore the warning signs. The reader may ignore God Himself, but doing so will result in the reader losing what little remains of personal liberty.Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
- George Santayana
The judgment of God that falls upon America will be to give its self-corrupted people exactly what they want.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...