Breakdown the Social Fabric of a Country with violence & chaos in the streets. Works like a charm.
Since the terms fascist and fascism have been used a lot lately it seemed like a good time to delve into the topic. I will do that by pointing out traits common to these people/regimes. I will rely more on political figures of the past as proof-not that we couldn’t look at some current figures we know are fascist dictators; but for the entry here i am looking to historical figures.
The question is how do you spot the rise of a fascist dictator before we have a full blown fascist regime running the country? Let’s take a look at those common traits.This will tell us a lot.
1. Confiscate the guns. The first thing a fascist dictator has to do is get the firearms away from its citizens. It makes sense. You plan to oppress these people you don’t want them to be able to defend themselves against the oppression or eventually challenge the regime itself. You get the citizens to give them up either voluntarily or involuntarily. It’s why the founders gave us the 2nd amendment to the Constitution;just in case. Did they give citizens the right to bear arms so they could hunt and provide food for the family? Sure they did. Did they give the citizens the right to keep and bear arms as self defense against other citizens that might pose a danger.Sure,that also. However,the MAIN intent of the 2nd amendment-since the other 2 were understood– is spelled out in the right itself.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
I can’t believe people argue about ‘the meaning.’
It couldn’t be more obvious. Suffice it to say dictators disarm the public. They have to.
2. Sometimes this one comes first or coincides with disarmament. They stomp on religious freedom,particularly a Christian-Judeo foundation.
Why? In short, you can’t have God compete with the state,that is, THEIR god.
Hitler’s Brown Shirts
The Book Hitler’s Religion by Richard Weikart
includes a brief overview of Nazi Germany’s persecution of the Christian churches; from Weikart’s book, it is clear that the Catholic Church was targeted more than the Lutherans. Upon coming to power in Germany, the Nazis liquidated the Catholic Center Party (although Weikart does not mention this, it is worth noting that Georg Ratzinger, the uncle of the future Pope Benedict XVI, was a Center Party parliamentary deputy) and disbanded Catholic youth organizations, newspapers, and civic organizations. Weikart briefly mentions the internment of thousands of priests at the Dachau concentration camp, although one wishes he would do so in greater detail. The story of the imprisonment of more than 2,000 priests from across Europe in the oldest Nazi concentration camp needs to be better known, as it is a graphic representation of Hitler’s disdain for Christianity.
There are plenty of books that document Hitler’s disdain for the Christian religion; it’s just not quite as well known or as obvious as his hatred for the Jews.
Communism clearly attacked religion.It was an atheist regime from the get that had no interest in protecting religious freedom.Marx didn’t call religion the opiate of the people because he thought Christianity was a great idea.
The 1936 CONSTITUTION OF THE USSR CHAPTER X has a whole list of citizens rights.
right to work
right to rest and leisure
right to maintenance in old age and also in case of sickness or loss of capacity to work
right to education
Women in the U.S.S.R. are accorded equal rights with men in all spheres
Equality of rights of citizens of the U.S.S.R., irrespective of their nationality or race
Now when it comes to the question of religious freedom it doesn’t state this as a right. It’s worded carefully as follows:
In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience(meaning,not religion), the church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the state, and the school from the church. [Separation of church and state]. Then it reads,
Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens.
You can see how that would work. You’re allowed to worship-which doesn’t include the public practice of religion- but any anti religious group would have the the right to oppose you.They effectively wiped out freedom of religion and never mention it as a freedom guaranteed by law;only the civil rights are.Neither freedom of religion or conscience are considered a protected civil right.
The civil rights are:
In conformity with the interests of the working people, and in order to strengthen the socialist system, the citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed by law:
freedom of speech;
freedom of the press;
freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings;
Freedom of street processions and demonstrations.
In our Constitution it’s noted that our rights are given to us by the Creator and therefore they are inalienable. Under the Soviet(Communist)Constitution their rights are ONLY civil rights given to them by law(the state)and their purpose is to strengthen the socialist system.We can understand the difference.
Another sign that can identify a fascist regime is the use of intimidation, including violence, against opposition by whatever type of group the regime chooses to use. It’s typically been a civilian group.It can be a civilian group trained to be paramilitary and in some instances a group they use IS the military.
One example & the most well known would be Hitler’s Brown Shirts.
Brown Shirts (Sturmabteilung (SA) were a wing of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) and later spawned the SS. They got their name from the brown shirts Hitler gave them to identify themselves as his henchmen.From 1921 to 1933 the SA disrupted the meetings of Adolf Hitler’s political opponents as well as defended the halls where Hitler was making a speech in public. According to the Nuremberg Military Tribunal, the SA was made up of “ruffians” and “bullies”. However, it played a very important role in the first years of theNazi Party.In 1931, the leadership of the SA passed to Captain Ernst Rőhm.Hitler ordered Rőhm to take “possession of the streets” as the streets held “the key to the power of the state”.
The SA men protected party meetings, marched in Nazi rallies, and physically assaulted political opponents. Temporarily in disarray after the failure of Hitler’s Munich Putsch in 1923, the SA was reorganized in 1925 and soon resumed its violent ways, intimidating voters in national and local elections… headed by Ernst Röhm, who harboured radical anticapitalist notions and dreamed of building the SA into Germany’s main military force. Under Röhm SA membership, swelled from the ranks of the Great Depression’s unemployed, grew to 400,000 by 1932 and to perhaps 2,000,000—20 times the size of the regular army—by the time that Hitler came to power in 1933.
began to secure power by a twofold policy, born out of improvisation and gut feeling: concentrate the high reaches of government in the hands of a small dictatorship, and use terror to crush the opposition, while giving the low levels of government entirely over to the new worker’s soviets, soldier’s committees and peasant councils, allowing human hate and prejudice to lead these new bodies into smashing the old structures. Peasants destroyed the gentry, soldiers destroyed the officers, workers destroyed the capitalists. The Red Terror of the next few years, desired by Lenin and guided by the Bolsheviks, was born out of this mass outpouring of hate and proved popular. The Bolsheviks would then go about taking control of the lower levels.
It’s obvious that these groups use tactics outside the law to intimidate and shut down opponents. In most cases the supportive group ends up being nothing more than useful idiots for the top echelon, who consolidate their own power in the end.
Pol Pot &The Notorious Khmer Rouge
They have all used violence and chaos as a means to an end. One of the most violent of all these groups was the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
Throughout the 1960s, the Khmer Rouge operated as the armed wing of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, the name the party used for Cambodia. Operating primarily in remote jungle and mountain areas in the northeast of the country, near its border with Vietnam, which at the time was embroiled in its own civil war, the Khmer Rouge did not have popular support across Cambodia, particularly in the cities, including the capital Phnom Penh.
However, after a 1970 military coup led to the ouster of Cambodia’s ruling monarch, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge decided to join forces with the deposed leader and form a political coalition. As the monarch had been popular among city-dwelling Cambodians, the Khmer Rouge began to glean more and more support.
For the next five years, a civil war between the right-leaning military, which had led the coup, and those supporting the alliance of Prince Norodom and the Khmer Rouge raged in Cambodia. Eventually, the Khmer Rouge side seized the advantage in the conflict, after gaining control of increasing amounts of territory in the Cambodian countryside.
In 1975, Khmer Rouge fighters invaded Phnom Penh and took over the city. With the capital in its grasp, the Khmer Rouge had won the civil war and, thus, ruled the country.
They installed their leader Pol Pot and exiled Prince Norodom(again a ‘useful idiot’ helping them solidify their own power).
Once installed as the country’s leader by the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot and the forces loyal to him quickly set about remaking Cambodia, which they had renamed Kampuchea, in the model of these rural tribes, with the hopes of creating a communist-style, agricultural utopia.
Declaring 1975 “Year Zero” in the country, Pol Pot isolated Kampuchea from the global community. He resettled hundreds of thousands of the country’s city-dwellers in rural farming communes and abolished the country’s currency. He also outlawed the ownership of private property and the practice of religion in the new nation.
Pol Pot’s regime also executed thousands of people it had deemed as enemies of the state…an estimated 1.7 to 2.2 million Cambodians died during Pol Pot’s time in charge of the country.
The Father of Italian Fascism,Il Duce (The Leader)
Italian fascism was founded in Milan on March 23, 1919, by Benito Mussolini, a former revolutionary socialist leader. His followers, mostly war veterans, were organized along paramilitary lines(almost always the case) and wore black shirts as uniforms(the precursor for Hitler’s brown shirts).
Mussolini was both a politician and a journalist. He was well aware of the use of propaganda. Most fascist groups are well aware of its use.
The Bolsheviks In Russia and the Brown Shirts in Germany