One can go to the links above to read the original article or Norm's post from yesterday, but I just want to briefly do a stream of consciousness exercise with the fourteen points that Mr. Britt indicated were signs of fascism as evidenced by his study of "Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia." As I went through the headings and their explanation, I just couldn't ignore how reminiscent this all was of today in the USA, Canada and BeeCee. I have a bunch of stuff to do today, so I'm just going to do this quickly with the headings and what they remind me of, a free association exercise.
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
American exceptional-ism anyone? or Gordo's "Best Place on Earth"
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights
the G20 Police Riots, NYPD, Gitmo, RCMP killings and beatings, Mehar Arar, Omar Khadr
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
Joe Oliver and enemies of the Harper Economy, Peter Kent and "money launderers, Vic "smelly" Toews and child pornographers.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism
USA, USA, USA biggest military on earth, militarism rather than diplomacy and of course Stephen Harper never heard of an American war adventure he didn't think Canada should join in with!
5. Rampant sexism
MP Woodsworth and moment of conception "debate|" or start of life. The Republican "War on Women"
6. A controlled mass media.
Post Media, Faux News, Rupert Murdoch
7. Obsession with national security.
.Post 9/11 North America
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
Stockwell Day, Stephen Harper, Mitt Romney, televangelists, Utah's meddling in Gay Marriage issue in other states, Creationism taught in US schools."One nation under God" in and out of the Pledge of Allegiance to Murca
9. Power of corporations protected
Citizen's United, Bank bailouts, BP has made the Gulf more wonderful, SNC, BC LIEberals,
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
Reagan firing the air controllers and everything since.......Lisa Raitt
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts
Latte sipping Librul Elites, etc. CBC cutbacks, CBC Symphony killed off,
12. Obsession with crime and punishment
USA has over two million people (mostly minorities) in prison, Harper's Omnibus Crime Bill
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption
BC LIEberal Government, BC Rail, Fish Farms, F-35, Tony Clements Gazebo World
14. Fraudulent elections.
G. Dubya Bush 2000, Treason Steven Harper 2011
Of course I could go on all day, but as I said earlier, I've got stuff to do...........