Therefore for the fascist everything is in the state and no human or spiritual

Therefore for the fascist everything is in the state

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is for the only liberty which can be a serious thing, the liberty of the state and of the individual in the state. Therefore for the fascist, everything is in the state, and no human or spiritual thing exists, or has any sort of value, outside the state. In this sense fascism is totalitarian, and the fascist state which is the synthesis and unity of every value, interprets, develops and strengthens the entire life of the people.” Fascism is built on the idea that the state or nation is more important than anything else - including its citizens. Fascist government typically believe in the dominance of one race (in Mussolini’s mind Italians and those descended from Romans are the world’s best people), and are lead by a cult-like dictatorial leader with supreme power (who typically likes to wear military dress). Often times in fascist countries, the government will not take over private industries like we saw in Stalin’s Russia, but will by laws or coerce by force make private companies work and produce for the good of the state (often times against their will and for less than market value). For instance, the government might force a car maker to only make vehicles for use by the military. Living in under a fascist government doesn’t happen overnight. For the dozen or so fascist nations that have existed in history, the slide to fascism takes places over many years with small changes happening often times without the public knowing. You will see a similar slide when we look at happened to Germany with the rise of the Nazi party. Dr. Lawrence Britt is a political scientist that has studied at length the fascist regimes of the 1930s and 40s. Through his work, he has identified 14 Warning Signs that citizens should look for to see if their country is sliding into a fascism .
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  • Fall '16
  • MARK ESTANISLAO

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