eternal f word
August 22, 2011, 7:18 am
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Today, the word fascism is overused by anyone who wants to demagogue his enemy.  So a real definition is important.  Excerpted below is Italian author Umberto Eco’s fourteen qualities of fascism.  He was a child in Rome when Mussolini fell, so he has a particular insight into the Italian version of the movement.

Lifted directly from Eco’s fourteen points, the hallmarks of fascism are:  traditionalism, action trumps intellectualism, opposition to discernment, fear of the ‘other,’ racism, call to consensus, personal and shared frustration, nationalism, shame by a perceived dominant class, shared struggle, permanent warfare, popular (as opposed to aristocratic) elitism, power through machismo and misogyny, leaders who claim to speak for ‘the people,’ and a new form of speaking that includes “impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning.”

Does any of this sound familiar?  Then perhaps you’re living in a fascist state and should either protest or move or both.

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