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Fascism is a political ideology fundamentally authoritarian in character, with a strong nationalism and an essentially belligerent militaristic outlook. Fascism carries primarily a corporate perspective as opposed to a socialist view, directed to satisfying the needs, values and objectives of finance and corporations, organising both the economy and the political system according to this agenda. A fascist government actively suppresses any objection to its ideology and will crush any movement which opposes it. In keeping with their belligerent nature, fascist governments generally view violence and war as stimulants to national spirit and vitality. Being politically Right-Wing, they maintain their position through firm control or compliance of the media, and most often engage in a vast array of lies and deception. These governments tend to be bigoted, if not racist, invariably require “enemies” to achieve public solidarity, and are often supremacist or at least ‘exceptional’ in their self-assessment. They either believe, or pretend to believe, that they have a license on truth. Large military budgets, the creation and demonisation of fictitious enemies to propagate fear and maintain population control, are all typical characteristics of a fascist regime, as is massive public surveillance.

In 1995 the Italian Scholar Umberto Eco produced a paper titled ‘Eternal Fascism’ in which he examined the characteristics of fascist regimes. In 2003, Laurence W. Britt did an excellent and scholarly work in dissecting and categorising past fascist regimes, in which he revealed common threads that linked all of them in “patterns of national behavior and abuse of power”. He wrote that “Even a cursory study of these fascist and protofascist regimes reveals the absolutely striking convergence of their modus operandi, (which is) not a revelation … but useful … to shed needed light on current circumstances.” I am including here a composite of edited extracts from these two papers with additional commentary of my own. Significant statements by these two authors are in quotation marks. This is a list of the characteristics of fascist states, taken from Britt’s original article:

Early Warning Signs of Fascism

  • Powerful and continuing nationalism
  • Supremacy of the military
  • Obsession with national security
  • Obsession with crime and punishment
  • Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause
  • Disdain for human rights
  • Corporate power is protected while labor power is suppressed
  • Controlled mass media
  • Rampant cronyism and corruption
  • Intertwined religion and government
  • Fraudulent elections
  • Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
  • Rampant Sexism

If we examine the US on these categories, we find an almost perfect match. Certainly, the US has the most strident nationalism of all nations today, with the hysteria of patriotism and flag-worship unabated and even increasing, with the delusional theory of American Exceptionalism as virulent as ever. There is no question about military supremacy, with the US spending almost twice as much on its military as the rest of the world combined and being by an order of magnitude the world’s largest arms manufacturer and dealer. President Obama stated flatly that for the US to remain ‘peaceful and prosperous‘ it needed the world’s largest and most powerful military to maintain an overwhelming military supremacy. Obsession with issues of national security is so common in the US today it has become an object of ridicule. Every manner of information is withheld, every manner of lie is told, every manner of crime is committed, all with the excuse of ‘national security’. Britt noted that a national security apparatus was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints, with its actions always justified under the rubric of protecting “national security”, and that questioning these oppressive activities is now often portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

Britt noted that all the fascist regimes had an obsession with crime and punishment, stating that most “maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations” – a perfect description of America today, including the ‘unchecked power and rampant abuse‘ by the police. He also noted that in all these fascist states, ‘normal‘ crime and political crime were almost interchangeable, “often merged into trumped-up criminal charges … used against political opponents of the regime“. These characteristics of crime, punishment and incarceration are all fields in which America leads the world by a wide margin today as we have already seen.

In terms of enemies being needed for solidarity and to maintain “a unifying cause”, the US is also the outstanding world leader, creating real and fictitious enemies not only for itself, but doing a rather good job in creating animosities throughout the world. In fact, a signature feature of the US is its worldwide propagation of the game called “Let’s you and him fight.”, as we see in Asia today, and with interference in the Ukraine, Russia, China, and dozens of other countries. Creating political chaos and large military risks is a common fascist trait, which is partly why military supremacy is necessary, black and white America attempting to partition the world into ideological factions, often in preparation for war. For some decades, the US milked the Cold War for all it was worth, casting the Soviet Union as a bitter enemy and creating animosity where none would have existed. With the fall of the USSR, the US turned immediately to other nations, never really forgetting Russia, and then created its 9-11 ‘Pearl Harbor Moment’ that would permit it to have a permanent enemy in the person of ‘terrorism‘, a war that will never be won since the US creates all the terrorist events to prolong it. It has the added advantage of demonising all the world’s Muslims while equating all Arabs with terrorists. Enough enemies here for a lifetime of fascism.

A fundamental practice of a fascist or pre-fascist government is demonisation of ‘the others’, outsiders who are the enemy. For the people, these (usually imaginary) enemies provide not only an essential cornerstone of the fascist state but an essential adhesive for their fabricated national identity. Being thus united against a common other, fascism becomes deeply racist by definition and in practice. This demonisation of selected enemies is so intense that pacifism or a lack of belligerence equate to treason, to sympathising with the enemy. Or, in today’s US lexicon, “giving aid and comfort to the enemy“. In the world of fascism, disagreement is treason. George Bush and Dick Cheney: “If you aren’t with us, you’re against us“. US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles: “There are only two kinds of people in the world: Christians who believe in capitalism, and the other kind.” In his study of these regimes, Britt wrote that “the most significant common thread” among them was this demonisation of other peoples as enemies of the state, “to divert attention, to shift blame, and to channel frustration into controlled directions“. He claimed that their methods of choice – propaganda and misinformation – were usually effective. Britt noted that “Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly”, which is precisely what happens today in the US, where increasingly it occurs that challengers of the system are labelled as terrorists, even to the extent of the ‘food terrorists‘.

No reasonable person can claim today that the US has any concern for human rights, certainly not any outside the continental US, and increasingly less within its borders. Except for Israel, the US has by far the worst record of human rights violations during the past several hundred years, far outstripping anything attributed to people like Stalin, Hitler or the Japanese. It is, after all, the US that built and still maintains the largest network of torture prisons and ships in the history of the world, even though the US media have removed this topic from the publishing list.

In terms of media control, the US government covers this not by ownership or direct censorship but by a cabal of closely-interwoven interests working on the same precise agenda, almost totally eliminating any necessity for overt acts. Corruption and cronyism are as alive and virulent in American government today as they have ever been in any society at any time in recent history. The lobbies alone, working with the secret government, are more than sufficient evidence of this, with corruption increasing noticeably each year. Americans may quarrel with the point of an integration of religion and government but, while religion is theoretically separated from the state, it is joined at the hip in practice. We have George Bush telling us God told him to invade and destroy Iraq, Obama telling us Christ’s redemption of him provides him with solace on a daily basis, and a long list of other nonsense indicating that evangelical hysteria is never far removed from the government, even if only to mislead an ignorant population. Britt noted that religion and the ruling elite were tied together in some way. “The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the ‘godless’.”

Fraudulent elections are more overtly creeping into the American electoral system every year. We had George Bush’s brother removing more than 50,000 persons from the voter lists in Florida, all of whom were legitimate voters, and sufficient to provide an election victory. Even then, when votes were finally counted accurately, Bush was proven to have lost the election, but the consequences could not be reversed. As well, the new digital voting machines have been condemned even by those who designed them, as wide open to electoral fraud and manipulation to the extent of changing the outcome of every vote. Moreover, it is openly admitted that even without manipulation, an accurate count is not physically possible. But the government continues to roll out these systems, one would have to assume for their manipulation potential.

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 17: Members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) rally near City Hall on April 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. An NSM anti-illegal immigration rally in October in Riverside, California resulted in fights between the neo-Nazis and counter-protesters. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 17: Members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) rally near City Hall on April 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. An NSM anti-illegal immigration rally in October in Riverside, California resulted in fights between the neo-Nazis and counter-protesters. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

It is widely recognised the US has been dumbing-down education for decades, starving the educational systems of funds, using increasingly unqualified part-time and adjunct teachers and professors, increasing tuition costs to the point where education will soon be unaffordable. We don’t need an education to see that the only possible result is an increasingly uneducated and ignorant population. In his study, Britt noted that “intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed.” This forms a perfect description of the situation today in the US, certainly on the crushing of dissent. I have no observation to make on the arts, but the US appears to qualify solidly on every point in the above list, and I see no reason for Americans or indeed anyone else to take comfort in this. Is the US a fascist state? How do we avoid answering in the affirmative?

To people of a country like the US, who are deprived of a clear national identity, fascism creates one by stoking the fires of a false nationalism though propagandising the pathologically false conviction that “the world’s greatest privilege is to be born or to live in this country“, that every citizen “belongs to the best people in the world”, all of whom are, by definition, “good”. US President Calvin Coolidge: “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race”. Michael Hirsh used the same jingoistic nonsense to justify American cannibalisation of the world by stating that American global domination was “the greatest gift the world has received in … possibly all of recorded history.” Britt noted the powerful propagation and displays of nationalistic expression, “From the prominent displays of flags and ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism.”

To underscore the above, Global Research published an article in March of 2015 titled “The End of Canada in Ten Steps: A Conversation with Naomi Wolf”, in which it was noted that she studied “the way open societies were crushed from within by authoritarian elements“, such as those existing in all Right-Wing countries today, and claimed there was “a ‘blueprint’ followed by all dictatorial rulers composed of ten steps” as follows:

  1. Invoke an external and internal threat
  2. Establish secret prisons
  3. Develop a paramilitary force
  4. Surveil ordinary citizens
  5. Infiltrate citizen groups
  6. Arbitrarily detain and release citizens
  7. Target key individuals
  8. Restrict the press
  9. Cast criticism as “espionage” and dissent as “treason”
  10. Subvert the rule of law

Global Research finally noted that “In her 2007 book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Naomi Wolf not only described this formula for fascism, she outlined how these repressive measures are in evidence in modern day America.”

There is one other item pertaining to fascism in America that contains elements of all characteristics we’ve discussed, one which Hollywood and the media have taken great pains to develop though the ground was already very fertile indeed, and this category is heroes and super-heroes. The US has always glorified war and war heroes, describing American cannon-fodder as “sons of freedom giving their lives for democracy”, when they were simply massacring impoverished civilians to enrich the bankers. Eco noted that “In every mythology the hero is an exceptional being, but in Fascist ideology heroism is the norm”, with the fascist hero impatient to die, but who, in his impatience, “more frequently sends other people to death”. This black and white religious proto-fascism which has perhaps always existed in America was the seedbed for the worship of heroes and winners. Americans, in their desperate jingoistic desire to be “good” and to “win”, and in a bid to prove their overwhelming moral superiority, turned from reality to fiction and gave us Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Captain America. All are Christian proto-fascists engaged in fictional battles of good against evil, with the Americans living vicariously through these imaginary beings, sharing in their awesome power and moral righteousness, and whose costumes inevitably bear labels saying “Made in America”. And indeed, we cannot watch an American movie without encountering this irritating white supremacist ideology. Think of movies like Avatar or Independence Day; their entire purpose is to fuel this ideological jingoism and make all viewers “proud to be American”. But it’s all a fiction. The real American heroes are not Superman or Spiderman but Curtis LeMay, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Madeline Albright, all criminally-insane psychopathic killers.

It is interesting that a fascist government, with its instinctive hatred of socialism, is in reality the most socialist of all forms of government, the only qualification being that fascist socialism nurtures and feeds corporations while normal socialism nurtures the general population. What we might call “corporate socialism”, which is what exists today in the US, is a fairly precise definition of fascism. Tax benefits that favor the rich either primarily or exclusively, a high-income inequality, the dismantling of any social safety net, different laws for the rich and powerful than for the poor, corporate immunity for crimes, a lack of corporate regulation and oversight, are all typical characteristics. Britt noted that “Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The US government and elites, except for one brief historical period, have always strived to destroy labor to protect the profits of big business. In Britt’s study, “the poor formed an underclass, (and) being poor was considered akin to a vice.” And in which nation today have color and poverty been criminalised? Of course. The world’s largest fascist state – America.

He also noted rampant cronyism and corruption between the political and corporate elites and stated that “With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.” Corruption and cronyism are as alive and virulent in American government today as they have ever been in any society at any time in recent history. The lobbies alone, working with the secret government, are more than sufficient evidence of this, with corruption increasing noticeably each year. Similarly, no reasonable person can question any longer the suppression of labor and the protection and enhancement of corporate power in America. We have already covered in detail the trashing of the social contract, the destruction of labor protections and the evisceration of the middle class. No further evidence is necessary.

There is another alarming category that evidences even more strongly the threats to civil society from the authoritarian and fascist police-state mentality that is increasingly permeating all of the US, this involving trivial civil disputes that should in no case involve the police. In July of 2014, a Minneapolis man was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight with his two children for questioning why he was qualified for priority boarding but his two children were not. He posted a Tweet that said, “Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy”. Southwest Airlines’ gate attendants saw the tweet, ejected Watson and his children from the flight, informing him he now qualified as a “safety threat”, and threatened to have him arrested unless he immediately deleted his post. In an article on US Education, I wrote of kindergarten teachers calling the police to arrest children who misbehaved, and of a Chinese woman tourist in New Hampshire who was tasered and assaulted by police when a clerk at an Apple store complained she wanted to buy two phones. In another case, a father in New Hampshire attended a parent-school meeting to protest the classroom use of sexually-explicit reading material provided to his teen-age daughter. When the man exceeded the arbitrary maximum of two minutes speaking time, the principal called the police and had the man arrested. In each case, no ‘law’ was violated so the police used generic charges of “causing a public disturbance” or some other such nuisance charge.

These false charges may well be dismissed by a court but still present a serious violation of civil rights and a gross exaggeration of the ability of individuals to create their own laws and of the police to enforce them. In the Southwest Airlines case above, had the man refused to delete his negative post, the agent would certainly have called the police who, cast from the same authoritarian mold, would have automatically arrested and charged him, probably with ‘Twitter Terrorism’. The man would likely have escaped in the end, but it would have been a long and expensive climb out from the bottom of that hole. In the case of the Apple store, the female customer was physically knocked to the ground and tasered by police immediately on their arrival. In neither case did the police make even minimal attempts to ascertain the facts. In fact, the only salient “fact” was that of a civilian challenging any kind of authority, even the kind that is so weak as to be invisible. No civilian has any practical defense against an airline agent or shop clerk who testify that he “caused a public disturbance”, nor against police charges for having done so. The only immunity comes from wealth or political power.

There are countless similar cases which all have in common an implicit assumption that anyone, even in a position of minimal authority such as a KFC clerk, has the power to dictate imaginary rules that obtain the force of law with the police and which, if challenged, will result in arrest. Individual private citizens, as least those lacking obvious wealth or power, are increasingly relegated to the social trash bin. Incidents such as these may appear individually trivial and unconnected, but they are not trivial in bulk and are indications of a frightening authoritarianism infecting all of America, part of the widespread rush to fascism occurring in all politically Right-Wing nations, especially in the US. That this should be such a common experience is a frightening and almost terrifying development, where one now fears to enter any dispute with even the most minor employee or clerk, in almost any context, and regardless of the justification.

When common citizens are afraid to challenge the most trivial injustices in civil society, when the people as individuals have been moved to the bottom of the priority list, when even store clerks have effective arrest authority, this is authoritarian fascism – a classic definition of a de facto fascist police state. In my E-book on the Police State and the discussion of arbitrary and unaccountable law enforcement, we saw other similar examples where this, the most fundamental of civil rights – the right to voice complaint – has been converted to a criminal act. Those instances involved mostly the police badly exceeding their authority, but this category involves mere civilians with no actual invested civil authority of any kind, and yet in each case legal authority being presumed and exercised entirely at the whim of these same persons. While Americans please themselves by accusing China of being authoritarian, it is in fact the US that is both authoritarian and fascist. China is today a very human civil society compared to Transformed America.

Mr. Romanoff’s writing has been translated into 32 languages and his articles posted on more than 150 foreign-language news and politics websites in more than 30 countries, as well as more than 100 English language platforms. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’. (Chapt. 2 — Dealing with Demons).

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  1. With rogue, unaccountable agencies like the CIA, here is what democracy devolves in to:

    Here is a look into how the mirage reality of world events is constructed:


    A look into how the mirage reality of world events is constructed:

    “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
    —Former CIA Director William Colby


    I was taught to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public.

    I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service.

    Most journalists from respected and big media organisations are closely connected to the German Marshall Fund, the Atlantik-Brücke or other so-called transatlantic organisations…once you’re connected, you make friends with selected Americans. You think they are your friends and you start cooperating. They work on your ego, make you feel like you’re important. And one day one of them will ask you ‘Will you do me this favor’…

    We’re talking about puppets on a string, journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what’s really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.

    When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte’s newspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets — but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of.
    —Udo Ulfkotte, German Journalist 2017, Now Dead

    All the world is a stage.

  2. Alrenous says: • Website

    Nick Land observed that Communism naturally relaxes into Fascism, what with Communism being such a bad idea it is logically impossible to implement it in practice.

    Umberto Eco then wrote a list of features of Fascism, which, when you remove all the [my Fascism is different and not Fascism, unlike your Fascism] bits and generally boil off all the crud, says the same thing.

    1. Dogmatism and xenophobia.
    2. Utopianism and rejection of wu wei.
    3. Obsession with the Plot of a State Enemy.
    4. Monogenderism.
    5. Newspeak.
    6. Demotism with core reliance on unprincipled exceptions.

    Even Jonah Goldberg, not exactly the brightest star, can tell you that all WWII regimes were basically the same thing.

    Colloquially, we can say a Fascist is a faithful Communist whose faith was broken. They feel betrayed by God (or the Demiurge, to taste) and compromise their beautiful Communist vision so that their government doesn’t immediately implode.
    Beyond a list of diagnostic features, Fascism is this: fundamentalist Egalitarianism theocracy.
    It is the politics of narcissism.
    It’s Christian theocracy stripped of limiters; when the Christians think they’re rich enough to ignore the natural-selection-induced compromises that show up in the Bible. All men are created equal, by which we mean bit-for-bit identical. Even the women.

    A theocracy is naturally totalitarian – “Everything in the religion, nothing outside the religion, nothing against the religion.” Hence the “”public”” – private “”partnership.””

    In other words the government de-facto seizes all business. E.g. when Hitler “”privatized”” a firm they were still expected to do what he told them to do. Selling your cake and then eating it anyway. When California “”privatizes”” electricity, it then writes a novel’s worth of regulations forcing them to run themselves exactly to spec regardless of de jure ownership.

    First, let’s show that narcissism is egalitarian.
    The narcissist doesn’t see anyone else. They see a hall of mirrors. Everyone is just themselves, but again. Since nobody can have any skills or even preferences that differ from those of the narcissist, the only thing they can imagine making anyone get ahead is cheating. Everyone must logically have identical social status, if they’re playing by the rules.

    One exception: some folk are not even human. The narcissist does, in extremis, notice that someone is different. However, then they’re the unfathomable Other. An incomprehensible Lovecraftian nightmare wearing human skin.
    This is the heretic. The scapegoat upon whom all the failures of the unworkable Fascist sociology can be heaped.
    Since, as per the disorder, even the Other must be obsessed with the narcissist, their desire to make an environment unsuitable for the narcissist – e.g. the State Enemy likes quiet, while the narcissist wants to talk all the time – must come from a core motivation of pure malice. They are literally the Devil incarnate.

    Second, Christianity is narcissism.
    The narcissist doesn’t actually love themselves. The core problem is failure to be loved by his or her mother. The child simply assumes the mother is right. They must be unlovable. They instead develop bottomless self-hatred.

    Or, alternatively, we are all “sinners.” God is infinite and we’re all infinitely, disgustingly bad by comparison. God rejects us like Mom rejected us, see?

    This hatred is intolerable, so they hide their own true self-assessment behind a delusional identity. Their genes become convinced that if anyone else notices they’re unlovable like mom did, they will be ostracized from the tribe and starve in the wilderness. “If I act the opposite of my true self, I will behave lovably, I won’t be ostracized, I won’t die.” To avoid feeling their own self-hatred they obsess over their fake persona.
    They become unable to see anything but this fake persona, due to this obsession, among other reasons. I’ll mention one: if anyone has a different preference schedule than mom did, they might be loved without having to change, and that would mean they didn’t have to hate themselves, all this pain was unnecessary…

    And thus the narcissist sees echoes of their own fake persona, rather than other individuals. Or: the low places will be raised up, and the high places laid low. Luke 3:5.

    Except the Devil, of course. The unfathomable Other who exists solely to cause the narcissist pain. (The Devil will hate their “lovable” opposite-day persona, denying narcissistic supply, or see through the persona to the core “sinner” => whether the Devil likes or hates the core, it’s intolerable torture for the narcissist.)

    (P.S. Amused that Christians clearly assume Jesus has nothing better to do than listen to prayers, and that somehow an omniscient god can’t tell what’s up with you want unless you ask. In true narcissist fashion, they never ask what god would like the narcissist to do, it’s all about what god can do for the narcissist.)

    Jesus, who we’re all supposed to act like (WWJD!) was a narcissist.
    The narcissist naturally becomes grandiose. Their persona is the opposite of something pure hatable – it must be purely lovable. Agape. It must be not merely good, but great. Amazing. Grandiose.
    Every narcissist worships their fake persona as God. Also one of the poor bastards they nailed to a couple planks worshipped himself as God.

    The main draw of Christianity is that God offers to undo the core trauma. “I will love you, the way your mother didn’t. I love everyone, even the so-called sinners.”

    And lo, if we go to America, we can indeed see that to this day is a profoundly Christian nation.
    Judge not, as Chauvin judged, lest ye be judged, as Chauvin was judged.
    Should a Martin crack your skull on the pavement, turn your head and let him crack your nose also.
    Let ye who has never seen a page of porn cast the first stone at Onlyfans.
    Sure some jogger might murder your daughter, but hold love in your heart and forgive him.
    If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If your BLM wants to commit arson, give him a Target; if he thirsts for wealth, let him smash his way into a jewellery or Apple store.

    Just about everything modern America does can be found to come straight from the Bible. (Likewise if you look at historical cases of unrestricted Christianity, they behave in the same pro-crime way.)

    Even stuff like diet. Eating a delicious and wholesome meal is a pleasure of the flesh – and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Even working out and getting buff is deeply suspect. Romans 8:7.
    Best eat nutritionally worthless and disgustingly tasteless slop. The flagellants went too far – you’re just supposed to kill yourself slowly by getting fat, rather than quickly.

    Jesus was Love and thus rebellion against the Regime is Hate, see? Even though we don’t talk much about Jesus these days…

    Basically the Gnostics were right. The Christianity of the Bible rejects Reality thoroughly. The gods of the Bible can only be various guises of Satan. Jesus rebels against logic and physics, and, per Milton, is guaranteed to lose.
    Narcissism is a mental illness. If it wasn’t contradictory and self-defeating we wouldn’t call it crazy.

    1. Dogmatism and xenophobia.

    Stalin: everyone must be a good Communist. Indeed we’re going to build a wall to keep all the xenos out. An Iron Curtain, even.
    Hitler: everyone must be a good Aryan.
    America: everyone must be a good anti-racist. Everyone is identical, so discrimination is a sin. You’re inventing differences where none exist, heretic.

    2. Utopianism and rejection of wu wei.
    Since we delude ourselves that our perfect personas are real, the world must be perfectable. It is possible that all things provide narcissistic supply at all times. All imperfection, even the tiniest discomfort, must be due to enemy action.
    Conveniently this means the State is justified when it wants to meddle with anything. You can’t justify leaving anything well enough alone.

    Stalin: kulaks and capitalists are to blame for all failures of Communism.
    Hitler: Jews are to blame for all failures of National Socialism.
    America: racists are to blame for all failures of Democracy. Everything that’s wrong with the world is due to the Devil, White Man. We would already be living in our Wakandan utopia if the dastardly White Man hadn’t sexistly oppressed women and racistly oppressed blacks all throughout history. How devious! How cunning! How powerful and manly…

    As Democratic Progressivism winds itself up for greater and greater violence on behalf of smaller and smaller minorities, one must wonder who Hitler would have blamed his unworkable economy on after every last Jew was rounded up and encamped.

    Stalinism was male.
    Hitlerism was male.
    America is populated solely by women. It had Founding Mothers, not fathers.
    If everyone is identical, men are equal to women. However, the human imagination is limited – it wants to default not to some androgynous Rational Being but to men or women. As such the Egalitarian always equates everyone to either their father or their mother.

    To some extent, American women are supposed to act like men, but only a bit, so that the men pretending to be women – emotional, flighty, conformist, shallow, dependent – don’t look quite so ridiculous when they inevitably can’t pull it off.

    Monofeminism is far more stable than monomasculinity, because the latter requires a constant smear campaign against women, just as monofeminism requires a constant smear campaign against men. There’s toxic masculinity, but no toxic femininity, because duh ‘toxic’ masculinity is any masculinity at all.
    Under monomasculinism everyone feels sorry for the women, and women desperately love anyone who defects and protects their precious, sensitive little feelings. By contrast men are tough and should just suck it up. Nobody cares about you anyway. (Egalitarianism, like any insanity, performatively refutes its own doctrine.)

    Fascism is in fact a really old idea. The fasces symbology comes from Rome, and there’s hints that it was even known in ancient Egypt. (Ipuwer describes something that looks…Woke.) If you look at the proposed economics in neutral language, you realize it’s a childish idealization of stone-age hunter tribe economics. Very very old.
    Stale, you might say.
    Lies have a shelf life. They go off. Although peasants are very very dumb, they do eventually catch on.
    As such Fascism has to constantly pretend it’s brand new. It has to cloak it’s very old and very mundane stupidities in brand new packaging.
    Simple example: old idea, charity. New idea, effective altruism.
    Old idea: heresy. New idea: discrimination and hate.
    Old idea: Christian nations. New idea: international community.
    Old idea: grain dole. New idea: food stamps.
    Oldest idea: Christ-ianity. Old idea: Catholicism. Old idea: Protestantism. Idea: Super-protestanism. Idea: Progressivism. New idea: social justice warrior. New idea: Wokism.

    Christianity is merely Platonism with extra Sophism, by the way. Socrates was great precisely because he was so bad at being Greek. They’re massive liars.

    So basically everyone is identical, but even the craziest narcissist feels some inkling that’s not true. Likewise, the actual main reason they keep accusing everyone else of cheating is projection. They cheat like crazy the instant they can get away with it. They allow themselves to know the persona is fake just long enough that the cheating isn’t “real.” It only reflects on the persona. They’re just pretending to be a traitorous shitbag.

    All are equal, but some are more equal than others.
    The unworkable Communist/Democratic/Socialist == Fascist economics really are unworkable, and compromises have to be made unless you intend everyone to starve to death, which is what (rather obviously, even on paper) happens if you do Communism seriously.
    And while we’re breaking the rules for pragmatic reasons, why not break them in my own favour? Wink wink? I bet I can break them in your favour too as long as you keep quiet about it…

    Democracy becomes “Republic.” Allegedly representatives, although identical in talents and preferences to the electorate, will have special experiences or training that makes them suited to management, and the electorate picks the best-trained, who experienced the most suitable nuture.

    In practice your vote means jack and squat. Peasant mobs throw tantrums, they don’t do rational consideration.
    Imagine children voting their parents out of office every time they said “no cookies before dinner.” That’s what Democracy, or even “Republic” is actually like if your vote matters. So it doesn’t.

    Thus Republic, IRL, is faceless, unaccountable bureaucracies who have been de jure handed all the actual power, plus a ball pit for the bratty kids to fight in. “All the balls should be blue!” “No, red!” “Waaa, mommy, he bit me!”
    Children, of course, hate responsibility. When the parents say they’re not allowed out of the ball pit – the Overton window – they don’t feel restrained or confined, they feel relieved. “That’s boring grownup stuff anyway.” They gleefully dive back into the balls. Should anyone suggest helping the parents with their chores, they’re violently ostracized. Everyone, bleen and grue, throws the balls at them until they leave the ball pit “voluntarily.” Free speech bro.

    Suffering trauma at a young age causes arrested development. The failure of the mother to bond with the child means the narcissist is arrested very early indeed.
    The narcissist child – the real person under the persona, insofar as such a thing can survive the hatred storm – is convinced they can’t take care of themselves, as a toddler who can barely speak can’t take care of themselves. They need a tithe. Same way the Church needs a tithe or it will go broke.
    Americans are so genetically degenerate they’re often not wrong.
    The narcissist needs Communism. They have to be supported by the community, in exchange for nothing at all as like a baby they have nothing to offer, or they will die.

    • Replies: @Twin Ruler
  3. The Left/Green version of it is just international rather than national and as such less racist, and it was more extreme and different with regard to property rights, though that has now changed and they are even more corporatist than the originals were.
    One could also say that the right fascists hate other races and any dissenters, whilst the Left/Green fascists hate their own race and any dissenters.
    The distinction of fascism being ‘right’ is pretty idiotic anyway, when one considers that it has come about by an accidental seat order and the desire to distinguish it a bit better from Stalin’s and Mao’s communism and atrocities.

  4. Init says:

    well, that was 10 laps of stellar performance ending up in cringe inducing wreck. firstly id suggest examining what corporate meant when fascist literature was written – bonus points to observe when the meaning has changed and what implications such change brought.
    which should put you on track easily identifying your esteemed ‘sources’ as zio-apologist propaganda op allowing to connect the dots to the usual suspects..
    but youre obviously either programmed with though terminating cliches to try to square the circle this hard, or trying to exploit similar programming in your readers, cause youd have far easier time making a case that us is a communist state than a fascist one (neither of which is the case, mind you)

  5. But, America is pro-Jewish rather than anti-Jewish. Notice, Americans condone, even praise, everything that the Israeli Defense Forces do to Palestinian Arabs. They always have, and always will.

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  6. @Alrenous

    That is especially true of Welfare dependents!

  7. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    The communist definition of fascism back in the 30’s was that it was the open and terroristic dictatorship of finance capital. This appears to be fairly accurate, never mind the source. The US has slid into being a captive of finance capital which now calls the shots. The US’ aggressiveness has been picking up steam and snowballing over the years, leading it to become more reckless and heedless of any restraints, a great formula for disaster.

  8. Fascism is a political ideology fundamentally authoritarian in character, with a strong nationalism and an essentially belligerent militaristic outlook.

    I’m the only true fascist.

  9. USA needs Zylenskyy in DC more now than ever and Trudeau as second man or VP.

  10. Thrallman says:

    The reason that retail clerks call the cops on troublesome customers is that they would be sued if they threw them out themselves. It’s not as much a sign of a police state as it is the suffocating power of civil law to control every aspect of life.

    Overall, the article is an example of the category fallacy. We’ve been taught that Fascism is very bad, so if a country has something in common with Fascists, that must be bad. Romanoff is right about America’s immoral wars, torture, spying, mindless flag-waving, and exceptionalist rhetoric. They are serious crimes and follies. He should finish his argument there. Whether the U.S. resembles Mussolini’s Italy is beside the point.

  11. @Twin Ruler

    The reason is is that the Jews are god’s people.

  12. ” Being politically Right-Wing, they maintain their position through firm control or compliance of the media, ”

    Nothing to do with the actual left-wing control of the media.

  13. Readers might want to familiarize themselves with Thomas Cole’s “The Course of Empire” works.

    I firmly believe, tragically, that the United States is currently in the “Consummation of Empire stage. Apparently, Mr. Cole knew a thing or two about empires.

    Thank you.

  14. Fascism is the State uber alles. The Han Chinese nation-state is purely fascistic; the PRC is the ultimate institution in its citizens’ universe. Umberto Eco regards his secular democratic ideal in the same worshipful light. Hell hath no fury like a secular democracy trying to impose freedom.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  15. Being politically Right-Wing, they maintain their position through firm control or compliance of the media

    Larry is referring of course to the diabolical, monolithic Right-Wing media: Newsmax, Gab, CBN, the New York Post, Babylon Bee. Keep on speaking truth to power, Larry.

  16. Corvinus says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    “Hell hath no fury like a secular democracy trying to impose freedom“

    Once again, you’re a walking billboard of disinformation.

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