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American Fascism

Because without acceptance of reality, there is no hope in dreaming.

Herne Speaks

Writing in the magazine, Free Inquiry, Spring, 2003, social scientist, Dr. Lawrence Britt described fourteen characteristics of fascism. His article was titled, Fascism, anyone?” These characteristics are now quite famous, having been accepted and co-opted by many authors, among them, John Pilger, Paul Craig Roberts, Noam Chomsky, and Naomi Wolf. In her Guardian article, Wolf wrote about ten steps. Dr. Britt studied the regimes of Pinochet, Franco, Mussolini, Suharto, and Hitler. He discovered the following commonalities:

 Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist 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 fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain…

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Quoted by digby

Re-Posted from HULLABALOO

 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 

QOTD: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

by digby

 

Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Rut...
Official portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA
with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court’s
opinion today. The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the
massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies
on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole
story. See supra, at 18–19. Without even identifying a standard of
review
, the Court dismissively brushes off arguments based on “data from
the record,” and declines to enter the “debat[e about] what [the]
record shows” … One would expect more from an opinion striking at the
heart of the Nation’s signal piece of civil-rights legislation.”

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The Trouble with Poetry and other poems, Billy Collins

This Poet (me) didn’t have to write “You, Reader”. In gratitude I share Poet Billy Collins’ sensitive & revealing piece and this wonderful Blog, Books J’adore

Books, j'adore

What can I say about one of Billy Collins’ poems that can’t be said about a book of them? That he is gradually becoming my favorite poet as I read more of his work? That his greatest gift is taking soft, insignificant moments and turning them into iridescent experiences for his readers? That he sees the world so much like I do and yet captures it a thousand times more beautifully?

You, Reader

I wonder how you are going to feel
when you find out
that I wrote this instead of you,

that it was I who got up early
to sit in the kitchen
and mention with a pen

the rain-soaked windows,
the ivy wallpaper,
and the goldfish circling in its bowl.

Go ahead and turn aside,
bite your lip and tear out the page,
but, listen — it was just a matter of time

before one of us…

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14 indicators of fascism fit us politics

Fascism 101; Introduction to the newly Awakening….

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bushIn “Fascism Anyone?” Laurence Britt, identifies 14 characteristics common in fascist regimes. His comparisons of Hitler, Mussolini, Suharto, Pinochet, and Franco yielded these 14 common traits.

1] Powerful and continuing nationalism Fascist regimes tend to make use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are patriotic symbols on clothing, public displays, and cars.
2] Disdain for the recognition of human rights Because of the fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights and civil liberties can be ignored in certain cases because of “need”. The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, long incarcerations of prisoners without trial, etc.
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 a common threat…

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