Is Donald Trump a fascist?
Ok, so: a lot of people are trying to defend the Trump administration by saying they are not fascist…in light of this rather quizzical fact that makes my eyes bleed every day on Facebook, I thought I’d take a moment to look at this burning question….
Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Alright, let’s make the checklist on this one. “Make America Great Again”. Hmmmm…sounds like a patriotic slogan that is running rampant still. Flags everywhere, having lived in America that wouldn’t be a change. Public displays, well I see his followers holding their “Free speech” rallies all over the damned place. +1
Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Transgender folks are not allowed in the Military, the DOJ is stating LBGT rights are not covered under the constitution. Numbers marking Muslims to make sure they are tracked… (Did we forget this campaign promise?) The never ending war on Obamacare because well screw the sick people. Hmmm….+1
Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
The Alt-Right have banded together under the “Hail Trump!” flag (to quote my favorite fascist). The concept that all people of all Muslim based countries are evil and should not be allowed to travel into the states is a pretty clear indication of a common threat or foe. It doesn’t stop there–the concepts of peaceful elimination of all things different (hey Spencer yes you, you hypocrite–I am looking at you with this one). In addition, the attempts of alt-right leaders to band together and fight a common enemy. (Is this trump or the alt right leaders? I’ll state that I wasn’t able to find proof of Trump supporting the alt-right leaders outright other than their claims…however he did side pretty strongly with Breitbart News. let’s be fair and give him a .5 because he eventually fired Bannon). +0.5
Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
Ok, this is not really a Trump move–the American military machine has always received a disproportionate amount of funding. However when you look at the reality of the ban on trans people is this an attempt to purify the military and eliminate the people they don’t want there. Time will tell….no points for his one but I am highly suspicious.
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Do I even need to address this one? “Grab her by the pussy?” We all heard the recording, banning transgenderism, stating that the constitution doesn’t protect LBGT people….you get the point here. +1
Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
“CNN is fake news.” “I’ll take one question but your ratings aren’t good enough.” the list goes on and on and on of the war between Trump and the Media…..this one is a definite yes! 1.0
Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
Well this is a lovely breath of fresh air. I’ve already answered this one in point two….the answer is a resounding yes! Big beautiful walls, travel bands, deportation forces……. + 1
Religion and Government are intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
Here is a quote
“Under my administration, free speech does not end at the steps of a cathedral or synagogue, we are giving our churches their voices back, with this order, we will also make clear that the federal government will never penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs,” said Mr. Trump.
Is this quote even close to valid to claim he is intertwining government and religion it seems that he is all for letting people practice whatever religion they want. But wait–ban on countries with a high Muslim population, asking Muslims to register….hmmmm…..wait a second something’s stinking here. The definition of Muslim is simply “a follower of the religion of Islam”.
So by making laws and proposing concepts that would target Muslims on the guise of anti-terrorism, is that not intertwining religion and government power? Remember, folks, being anti-Muslim is being against a specific religion not a race. So yes I would say he gets the point here…and well since it’s my blog and I support free thought feel free to make your own judgment….+1
Corporate Power is protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
After looking at the people and persons that Trump has chosen for his “advisors and cabinet” it’s hard to not argue that his priority is the corporate world. Let’s face it, he is in fact Donald Trump. Point given. +1
Labor Power is suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
Jury is out on this one. However, as a business man, he was anti-union in his own businesses so I have a hard time saying his presidential views are different. I’ll be objective the quotes I was able to find are not definitive on this one.
Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
I have seen this from his supporters and their attacks on them. Do I think that he is against the arts and intellectuals? Some of his own statements would appear so, but again jury is out on this one. +0
Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
Remember we are talking about Donald Trump–not just his actions and laws he has put into place. He did propose a deportation force to go around and get the illegals out of America. Deportation force sounds a lot like a private police force to me, so yeah, he get the point on this one. +1
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions. and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
Do we even need to discuss this one? I mean look at the people he has appointed…old boys network to the extreme. +1
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Russian scandal anyone? Limitation of the investigation of it…..I mean, these are now matters of public record…+1
So there you have it–14 indicators of a fascist government. Let’s see how Trumps ideas scored. So out of the 14 Trump scored 10.5 with the jury out on the other 3.5. I can’t even begin to say that he is not showing decidedly fascist tendency. Now, I am not saying this by the new modern neo-fascist definition. Remember, fascism is a political concept born in Italy under the above tenants. So can we call a spade a spade now based on everything we’ve seen and read?