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What Is a Fascist Government?
The concept of a fascist government began in the early 20th century in Italy. Italy did not specifically label its government model as fascist—in Italy, it was known as "corporatism". Americans have been taught that the effect of fascism is fascism. They are not taught to understand the structure of a corporatist (fascist) form of government, also known as corporate fascism.
"Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."
— Benito Mussolini (speaking of corporate fascism)
The concept of fascism is dependent on the merger of corporations with the state. The power inherent in government is combined with corporate power. This brings the majority of power in a nation under a small group of individuals. This is known as an oligarchy. It is this combination of government and corporations that truly defines the concept of fascism.
In America, we often perceive fascism as when the government takes control of corporations. What eludes our knowledge is just the opposite. It is possible for corporations to appropriate the authority of the government. It is this type of activity that is unseen by the majority of Americans.
Europeans know full well the horror of fascist governance, having been forced to live through the bloodiest era of the 20th century within their borders. Americans are being warned by foreign powers that the government of the US is being transformed in to a corporate fascist form of government!
How Can You Tell if a Government Is Fascist?
One of the easiest ways to identify fascism is by the actions of the government. Whether it is the Chief Executive, the Congress, or the Judicial branch of government, when government takes actions to protect the power of corporations, this is a step towards fascism.
When it becomes obvious that corporations hold more sway over the government than that of the people, this is a step toward fascism. It is the combination of corporate and government authority. When it becomes difficult to separate the power of government from the power of corporations, this is a step toward fascism.
Another symptom of corporate fascism is the erosion of individual rights. When corporate rights are expanded, they trample the rights of the individual. When seen form this perspective, it becomes easier to identify the eruption of corporate fascism.
Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans.
— John T. Flynn
What Steps Are Taken When a Government Is Being Transformed Into a Fascist Government?
Within the Judicial branch of government, the individual can seek recourse from corporate harm in the court system. America, in recent decisions, has passed numerous laws, rules and court decisions for the purpose of protecting corporations and limiting the rights of the individual.
These legal decisions and legislation are passed under the assumption that the nation's priority should be to protect corporate profit—even if this profit comes at the expense of limiting the rights of the individual.
Another side effect of fascism is the creation of an invisible enemy. An invisible enemy is identified in order to unify the nation in an imaginary struggle against fictitious threats. Usually, these fictitious threats are created by the government itself. Using the method of "Problem + Reaction = Solution", the government creates a problem for the purpose of inciting the people to create a reaction. Once there is a reaction, the government presents the "solution" it has wanted all along.
What Is an Invisible Enemy?
"I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
If the government creates a terrorist "threat", the population becomes afraid of this threat. Then, the government passes drastic security laws, telling the population it is for their protection. It is not impossible for the government to place itself as a threat to the people—anything is possible when discussing corporate profit!
It matters not what disguise this fictitious entity takes. All that matters is that a perceived threat is established and accepted. A scapegoat is necessary for the government to hastily get legislation passed in order to protect the profits of the corporations. When this is realized, the rise of the fascist state becomes immediately visible.
Labor Unions and the Military
Here are some other things to look for in a government on its path toward corporate fascism:
Suppressing Labor Unions
The power of labor unions is reduced. It is imperative for a corporatist government to control the labor force of its corporations. Labor unions have traditionally opposed the power of the corporate world; therefore, they are a threat to the profit margin of corporations.
An Increase in Military Power
There are huge profits to be made in waging war. During corporate fascism, it becomes necessary to involve the nation's military in conflicts spanning the globe. Even if the nation is not directly involved, the corporations that produce war machines receive large profits by selling their death machines to other nations. It is not impossible for the corporate fascist government to create these conflicts for the sole reason of creating more customers!
We Elect Our Representatives in Legal Elections
An increase in government corruption is based on allowing corporate figures to move in and out of government positions. When corporate leaders are appointed to government positions within their line of business, they have the ability to alter government rules for the benefit of their corporation. These individuals will hold a government position long enough to maintain benefits for their corporate structure. Once accomplished, these individuals simply slide back into their corporate positions with a greater ability to increase profits.
Corporate fascist governments create the illusion that their nation is superior to all others. This is especially if a foreign nation is pursuing an increase in the rights of the individual.
Security Measures That Scare the People
By using fear of the unknown, a police state is silently installed; the people believe that the increased security is for their protection, not oppression. Not until it is too late do the people realize that a prison system has been erected around them!
Slave Labor in Prisons
When leaders speak of becoming stricter on crime, it is so that they can put corporate dissenters in detention. Another purpose of creating more detainees is to satisfy the need of the corporations to maintain their slave labor camps within the prison system.
Once it is accepted that punishment for minor offenses should include time in prison, the population becomes much easier to control because they have a fear of the repercussions of even exercising their freedom of speech. The laws will increase to include crimes that any individual may commit.
Intellectuals and Artists Are Held in Contempt
This is done because these individuals are usually the first to point out the heinous actions of the government. This creates a threat to the corporatists, as they dislike any mention of the atrocities they commit. Any dissension is quickly suppressed in a corporate fascist nation. Scholars and artists are eager to form protests to petition the government for a redress of their grievances. However, protests are quickly subdued when a government is formed from a fascist model!
"Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of a right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
—Declaration of Rights, Maryland
All men recognize the right of revolution: that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, or to resist, the government when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
— Henry David Thoreau
How Can We Stop Fascism?
History does not provide examples of a nation shedding the introduction of fascism once it has begun. When fascism began to spread throughout Europe, every nation succumbed without much resistance. The only example that could be studied is that of the French prior to their revolution.
The French people found themselves being governed by a very small number of individuals that successfully combined the power of financial elites with that of their government. The end result is very similar to current circumstances in the United States: Power is being consolidated amongst a very small group of people.
He who would be free must strike the first blow.
— Frederick Douglass
Could This Result in Bloody Conflicts?
The easiest and fastest way to halt this aggressive slide toward corporate fascism is to starve the beast. The greatest insult to the American people is that these fascist actions taken by the government are being funded by the wealth of the people. By limiting the amount of revenue the federal government can confiscate from the people, we can also limit the amount of tyrannical legislation they will be able to fund! This is why the people need to expose the outrageous level of fines and penalties the government can force its population to pay. The raising of taxes also needs to be avoided. Using the people's wealth to oppress them is just outright wrong; it is unjust, and it needs to stop by whatever means necessary.
The way that the people of France eliminated their oligarchical government was by terminating the lives of the powerful elites. It was an era of history wrought with bloodshed. The people, unable to tolerate any more injustice from their government, systematically executed them. Not that bloodshed is the suggested resolution to the current problems within the United States, but the government should have some aspect of fear of these types of repercussions.
The government does live in fear of the people. This is why they are spending the wealth of the people to prepare for any type of violent protests. Rather than representing the will of the people, these fascists hold no trepidation to beat the people down if they attempt to force the government to cease and desist the onslaught of fascist governance! Violence is an abhorrent way to resolve conflicts, and it should never come to a situation like this. The people of the United States need to wake up, educate themselves, and resist. Resist peacefully, but resist, we must!
A Violent Revolution Would Be Horrible
No one wants to have a violent revolution in the United States, especially when the violence of the French revolution is used as an example of what happens when the grievances of the people are not addressed.
Prior to World War II and even during the conflict, many wealthy and corporate Americans fully supported the idea of a fascist government. This has not changed much over the years. Recent history shows the same demographic of society supporting the introduction of corporate fascism in the US government.
The United States of America played an integral part in stopping fascism in Europe. However, if the same government is formed in America, not only would the population of America be at risk, but all of humanity would be threatened by a corporate fascist US government.
"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence."
— John Locke