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Holocaust Museum Shares 14 Signs Of Fascism In Its Early Stages, People Now See A Connection To The Current State of US Politics

A few years back, the gift shop of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum used to sell this poster with 14 early signs of fascism listed on it. Apparently, the list was originally created by self-proclaimed amateur historian Laurence Britt in 2003 for an article published by Free Inquiry magazine. Even though the gift shop of the museum doesn’t sell this poster anymore, it still goes viral on the internet every once in a while. Why, you ask? Apparently, people find it particularly familiar at this point in American politics.

Here are 14 early signs of fascism by Laurence Britt

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The poster lists 14 warning signs including powerful and continuing nationalism, disdain for human rights, identification of enemies as a unifying cause, rampant sexism, controlled mass media, obsession with national security, religion and government intertwined, corporate power protected, labor power suppressed, disdain for intellectuals and the arts, and obsession with crime and punishment as well as rampant cronyism and corruption.

“Laurence W. Britt wrote about the common signs of fascism in April 2003, after researching seven fascist regimes,” the note reads

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Some people on the interwebs find these signs particularly familiar at this point in American politics

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For instance, the first early sign of fascism is described as powerful and continuing nationalism. Do we even need to talk about this one? Donald Trump’s slogans such as “America First!” or “Make America Great Again!” are well-known for being his favorite ones. Besides, back in 2018, at a campaign event in Houston, Trump said this: “You know, they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really? We’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. OK? I’m a nationalist.”
“Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia,” Laurence Britt writes in his article.
“The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions,” Laurence Britt writes in his article. People have been pointing out that Trump always finds a way to blame others for the things happening in the country. For instance, the president has been placing blame for the pandemic outside the United States on the Chinese government and the World Health Organisation.
Moreover, it’s not a secret to anyone that Trump has said and written many things that were quite sexist, to say the least. From referring to a former porn actress who he allegedly had an affair with as “Horseface” to alleging that cable TV anchor Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” the list goes on.

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The author ends his article by saying this: “Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.”

Here’s how people have been reacting to this poster

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5 comments:

  1. total BS...fascism is not the problem. Its called communism and the people who invented it.
    In fact the entire historical account taught in the official academia is pure fiction.

    America fought on the wrong side of both world wars.
    Communism was the enemy, not Christians, not European whites...but Communism.
    General Patton was murdered because he discovered we were fighting against the wrong enemy. They weren't called the ALL LIES for nothing.

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  2. Jews and Communism... Communism and Jews

    I know, Antisemitic... Maybe, but it's still 100% true!

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  3. The poster lists 14 warning signs including powerful and continuing nationalism, disdain for human rights (leftist rioters destroy property, steal from others and assault people), identification of enemies as a unifying cause (all whites are racist/ Trumps a white supremacist) , rampant sexism (Trump has more women in his cabinet than any president in history) , controlled mass media (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS are all leftist propaganda outlets), obsession with national security (the main job of government after protecting our rights, is protecting against foreign and DOMESTIC enemies), religion and government intertwined (Where? aren't the churches being shut down by state democrats?), corporate power protected (Leftist sent American jobs over seas), labor power suppressed (leftist want open borders to keep wages down for American workers), disdain for intellectuals and the arts (leftist are gullible idiots and think a banana duct taped to a wall is art), and obsession with crime and punishment (defund the police = more stupidity from the left) as well as rampant cronyism and corruption (Drain the swamp, need I say more?).Obviously, this was written by a leftist propagandist. It's all BS!

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    1. These people are not "left". Communism is not "left", it is the flip side of the coin to finance capitalism. It's all about defining the commune.
      "It's a big club, and you ain't in it" - George Carlin
      "USURY is the cancer of the world, which only the surgeon’s knife of Fascism can cut out of the life of the nations." ~ Ezra Pound

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  4. people who have been arrested just once knew this already, then people that have never been in trouble started to realize this, NOW THE WHOLE WORLD REALIZES IT or maybe not.

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