2015-12-01

Republicanism is fascism

US Republicanism is not just "like" fascism. It is fascism. It fits criteria of Umberto Eco's 1995 definition.

Based on Wikipedia:
  • The Cult of Tradition, combining cultural syncretism with a rejection of modernism.
  • The Cult of Action for Action's Sake, which dictates that action is of value in itself, and should be taken without intellectual reflection. This, says Eco, is connected with anti-intellectualism and irrationalism, and often manifests in attacks on modern culture and science.
  • Disagreement Is Treason - fascism devalues intellectual discourse and critical reasoning as barriers to action.
  • Fear of Difference, which fascism seeks to exploit and exacerbate, often in the form of racism or an appeal against foreigners and immigrants.
  • Appeal to a Frustrated Middle Class, fearing economic pressure from the demands and aspirations of lower social groups.
  • Obsession with a Plot and the hyping-up of an enemy threat; this often involves an appeal to xenophobia with an identification of there being an internal security threat; Eco cites Pat Robertson's book The New World Order as a prominent example of a plot obsession.
  • Pacifism is Trafficking with the Enemy - because "Life is Permanent Warfare", there must always be an enemy to fight. This leads to a fundamental contradiction within fascism: the incompatibility of ultimate triumph with perpetual war.
  • Contempt for the Weak - there is not much empathy for the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled.
  • Selective Populism - the people have a common will, which is not delegated; this casts doubt upon democratic institutions, where leaders and government are seen to "no longer represent the will of the people".
  • Newspeak - fascism employs an impoverished vocabulary in order to limit critical reasoning.
  • Non-truths - lying and spreading of propaganda.

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