Monday, February 20, 2006
14 characteristics of fascism
sexism seems no more rampant than ever, but then I'm a hairy-legged boy, so I defer to the womenfolk on that one;
and the fact that Fox News is conservative doesn't mean the government "controls" the media, although it does spend most waking moments trying to manipulate it for nefarious purposes.
So, counting the two haf-points, maybe 13 out of 14?
The State is working very hard to make sure my body is Its property. So, yep, sexism is worse.
And it's way more than Fox News. Remember the hullaballoo about NPR being too "liberal?" The government keeps trying to interfere with their programming, which is probably because they don't tow the conservative party line. And what about that whole not showing the coffins as they come back from the war? All of this smacks loudly of government control of the media to me.
And now for something completely different: Are you feeling better, or is the color still gone?
Colorwise, what I meant was I wished for a break from the vulgar colors of anger and prejudice and meanness that seem to be all around us, especially in our governments.
So, I took a break, and spent time last weekend with my kiddo, her Yankee Beau and my stepgrand-dog, and spent Saturday afternoon with a bunch of fellow lovers of history, discussing -- and not cussing -- things past.
My own color is returning, as well. Thanks for askin'!
ah! which raises a question: how many of the fourteen attributes must be satisfied in order to claim fascism?
I'd say there are clearly fascist trends, is all. As they say, the fact that we're having this discussion is argument enough againt the U.S. being a budding fascist state.* Something to raise hell about, tho.
*For now. Our best hope is innovation and technology.
a round of the ludicrous? i'm game....
SECTION 3: It shall be the obligation of all Party members to struggle for the unity of the working class, against all forms of national oppression, national chauvinism, discrimination and segregation, against all racist ideologies and practices, such as white chauvinism and anti-Semitism. It shall be the duty of all Party members to fight for the full social, political and economic equality of the African-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Native American Indians, Asian and Pacific Islanders, other oppressed minorities, immigrants and the foreign born, and to promote the unity of all people as essential to the advancement of their common interests.
It shall be the obligation of all Party members to struggle against all manifestations of male supremacy and discrimination against women, and to fight for the full social, political and economic equality for women.
It shall be the obligation of all Party members to struggle against homophobia and all manifestations of discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people, and to fight for their full social and civil rights.
Yep, most of that makes sense. Read more here. Y'all draw your own conclusions:
Not the first time a righty -- I love ya, Tug! take that as a compliment! -- has exasperatedly thrown the c-word at me.
A state rep did so in the '80s when I dared say my anti-Reagan piece(s) in the college paper.
It seemed to me to be a Pot/Kettle situation at best.
My point was that if we are going to resort to name-calling, there are plenty of names to go around.