The concept of a fascist form of government began in the early twentieth century in the nation of Italy. Italy did not specifically label their government model as fascist, in Italy it was known as "corporatism". Americans have been taught that the effects of fascism, is fascism. They are not taught to understand the structure of a corporatist (fascist) form of government, also known as corporate fascism.
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."
Benito Mussolini (speaking of corporate fascism)
The concept of fascism is dependent on the merger of corporations with the state. The power inherent in government is combined with corporate power, this brings the majority of power in a nation under a small group of individuals. This is known as an Oligarchy. It is this combination of government and corporations that truly defines the concept of fascism.
In America, we look at government taking control of the corporations to identify fascism. What eludes our knowledge is just the opposite. It is possible for the corporations to appropriate the authority of government. It is this type of activity that is unseen by the majority of Americans.
Europeans know full well of the horror of fascist governance, having been forced to live through the bloodiest era of the twentieth century within their borders. Americans are being warned from foreign powers that the government of the United States is being transformed in to a corporate fascist form of government!
How can you tell if a government is fascist?
One of the easiest way to identify fascism is by the actions of the government. Whether it is the Chief Executive, the Congress, or the Judicial branch of government, when government takes actions to protect the power of corporations, this is a step towards fascism.
When it becomes obvious that corporations hold more sway over the government then that of the human population, this is a step towards fascism. It is the combination of corporate and government authority, when it becomes difficult to separate the power of government from the power of corporations, this is a step towards fascism.
Another symptom of corporate fascism is the erosion of the rights of the individual, when corporate rights are expanded, this expansion tramples the rights of the individual. When seen form this perspective, it becomes easier to identify the eruption of corporate fascism.
Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans."
John T. Flynn
CORPORATE FASCISM: The Destruction of America's Middle Class
What steps are taken when a government is being transformed in to a fascist government?
Within the Judicial branch of government the individual can seek recourse from corporate harm in the Court system. America, in recent decisions, have passed numerous laws, rules and court decisions, for the purpose of protecting corporations, and limiting the rights of the individual, to seek recourse within a court of law.
These legal decisions and legislation is passed under the assumption that the nations priorities should be to protect corporate profit. Even if this profit comes at the expense of limiting the rights of the individual.
Another side effect of fascism is the creation of an invisible enemy. An invisible enemy is identified in order to unify the nation in an imaginary struggle against fictitious threats. Usually these fictitious threats are created by the government itself. Using the method of Problem + Reaction = Solution, the government creates a problem for the purpose of inciting the people to create a reaction, once there is reaction, the government presents the solution it has wanted all along.
There is no legal definition of a terrorist!
Invisible enemy? What is that?
"I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
If government creates a terrorist threat, the population becomes afraid of this threat, then the government passes drastic security laws, telling the population it is for their protection. It is not impossible for the government to place itself as a threat to the people, anything is possible when discussing corporate profit!
It matters not what disguise this fictitious entity takes, all that matters is that a perceived threat is established and accepted. A scapegoat is necessary for government to hastily get legislation passed in order to protect the profits of the corporations. when this is realized, the rise of the fascist state becomes immediately visible to all.
What Is Fascism?
Labor unions, the military?
Some other things to look for in a government on its path towards corporate fascism!
The power of labor unions is reduced. It is imperative for a corporatist government to control the labor force of its corporations. Labor Unions have traditionally opposed the power of the corporate world, therefore they are a threat to the profit margin of the corporations.
An increase in military power. There are huge profits to be made in the waging of war. It becomes necessary to involve the nations military in conflicts spanning the globe. Even if the nation is not directly involved, the corporations producing war machines receives large profits by selling their death machines to other nations. It is not impossible for the corporate fascist government to create these conflicts for the sole reason of creating more customers!
The Federla Government of the United States no longer represents the people!
We elect our representatives in legal elections!
An increase in government corruption based on the toleration of allowing corporate figures to move in and out of government positions. When corporate leaders are appointed to government positions within their line of business, they have the ability to alter government rules for the benefit of their corporation. These individuals will hold a government position long enough to maintain benefits for their corporate structure. Once accomplished these individuals simply slide back in to their corporate positions, with a greater ability to increase profits.
When elections are decided, not by paper ballots that can be seen and touched, but by machines built and designed by the corporations. When even with these machines, a winner cannot be called by the votes, but must be passed in to the Court system, to assure that the right candidate is appointed (not elected) to office. This is a sign that corporations are usurping the authority of the proper government, for the people!
'America lives in a fascist state' - Gerald Celente
The government loves the country and is just trying to protect us!
An advancement of Patriotism. Creating the illusion that their nation is superior to all others. Especially if the foreign nation is pursuing an increase in the rights of the individual. To increase the number of flags that are visible, a love for the homeland agenda is being pushed. The rise of worshiping authority, a religion based on the adoration of the government and/or a charismatic leader!
The promotion of drastic security measures with the stated purpose of protecting the people. By using fear of the unknown, a police state is silently installed, with the people believing the increase of security is for their protection, not oppression. Not until it is too late, does the people realize the prison system that has been erected around them!
Even the freedom of speech is at risk.
The media would tell us, the people would take to the streets in protest!
"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism."
Henry A. Wallace
When the media does not report on a story until it has been approved by government. Using the excuse of national security, the media reports only the stories that it has been fed by government. This creates a separate but integral part of a corporate fascist government. The implementation of a propaganda branch of government. Propaganda is very effective in controlling the thought processes of the people. tell the people a lie enough times, and it is believed as fact!
When leaders speak of becoming stricter on crime, it is for the reason of having the capabilities of placing corporate dissenters in detention. Another purpose of creating more detainees is to satisfy the need of the corporations to maintain their slave labor camps within the prison system. Once it is accepted that the punishment for minor offences would include time in a prison, the population becomes much easier to control, because they have a fear of repercussions from even exercising their freedom of speech. The laws will increase to include crimes that an individual may commit. It has come to pass that an individual will be punished for offences they might participate in, add to this the instances of third party complaints, enforcing laws against perpetrators without a complaint from a victim!
Top Ten Signs Your Country May Be Going Fascist
The people would never tolerate it, the government would never do this!
Intellectuals and artists are held in contempt, this is done because these individuals are usually the first to point out heinous actions of the government. This creates a threat to the corporatists they dislike any mention of the atrocities they commit. Any dissension is quickly suppressed in a corporate fascist nation. Scholars and artists are eager to form protests to petition the government for a redress of their grievances, protests are quickly subdued when a government is formed from a fascist model!
"Whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of a right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
Declaration of Rights, Maryland
All of these actions will eventually result in great benefits to corporate America, for this reason the corporations themselves support such decisions. By eliminating the obstacle of resistance from the people, the corporate agenda to purchase the government of the United States can proceed without interruption. Add to this the incorporation of the Federal Government of the United States in 1871, it is all about the corporations.
The people of France had no choice!
How can we stop these fascists?
All men recognize the right of revolution: that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, or to resist, the government when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.
Henry David Thoreau
History does not provide examples of a nation shedding the introduction of fascism once it has begun. When fascism began to spread throughout Europe, every nation succumbed without much resistance. The only example that could be studied is that of the French prior to their revolution.
The French people found themselves being governed by a very small number of individuals that successfully combined the power from financial elites with that of their government. The end result very similar to current circumstances in the United states, power is being consolidated in a very small group of people.
No one wants to see blood flow in the streets of America!
Could this result in bloody conflicts?
"He who would be free must strike the first blow."
The easiest and fastest way to halt this aggressive slide towards corporate fascism is to starve the beast. The greatest insult to the American people is that these fascist actions taken by government is being funded through the wealth of the people. By limiting the amount of revenue the Federal government can confiscate from the people, we can also limit the amount of tyrannical legislation they will be able to fund! This is why the people need to expose the outrageous level of fines and penalties the government can force its population to pay. The raising of taxes also needs to be avoided. Using the peoples wealth to oppress them is just outright wrong, it is unjust, and it needs to STOP! By whatever means necessary, this path to fascism needs to come to a dead end!
The way that the people of France eliminated their Oligarchical government was to terminate the lives of the powerful elites. It was an era of history wrought with bloodshed. The people, unable to tolerate any more injustices from their government, systematically executed them. Not that bloodshed is the suggested resolution with the current problems within the United States, but the government should have some aspect of fear of these types of repercussions.
They do live in fear of the people, this is the reason they are spending the wealth of the people to prepare for any type of violent protests. Rather then representing the will of the people, these fascists hold no trepidation to beat the people down if they attempt to force the government to cease and desist the onslaught of fascist governance! Violence is an abhorrent way to resolve conflicts, it should never come to a situation like this. The people of the United States need to WAKE UP, educate themselves, and resist. Resist peacefully, but resist, we must!
Prepare for Violent Revolution in America
This would be horrible!
No one wants to have a violent revolution in the United States, especially when the violence of the French revolution is used as an example of what happens when the grievances of the people are not redressed.
If the thought of the horrors of Nazi Germany is not enough to deter people from allowing the government from heading down the path of corporate fascism, a fascist government in the United States would commit far worse atrocities than could ever be imagined by monsters such as Adolph Hitler!
Prior to World War II and even during the conflict, many wealthy and corporate Americans fully supported the idea of a fascist government. This has not changed much over the years. Recent history shows the same demographic of society supporting the introduction of corporate fascism in the government of the United states.
While the United States of America played an integral part in stopping fascism in Europe, if the same government is formed in America, it would make Nazi Germany look like childs-play. Not only would the population of America be at risk, all of humanity would be threatened by a corporate fascist United States government.
"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence."
pramodgokhale from Pune( India) on February 13, 2015:
I am an Indian and of course resident of third world nation. I have my limitations to understand this topic.
Our industrialization began after India got freedom in 1947. British imperialists looted and plundered our nation and India became poor.
We have Indian capitalism bit feudal by mind and built our core industries. After opening our economy in 1991 , Indian corporate s became darling of Indian investors and bought companies abroad and proved meritorious With song and dance they entered Indian capital market to raise capital, some are servicing well to investors and many of them fled and duped investors for billions of Rupees.
they claimed wealth creation and generating employment but there is dark side of the story.
I do not carry baggage of socialism and welfare state but tax evasion, false stories of claims have been exposed.
We are bound to purchase products in the market and they dictate market so the prices . Consumer courts give judgment but litigations takes long period and economic crimes and criminal seldom got punishment in India.
CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility) is made mandatory otherwise they would not have used their profit for social development.
Lot can be written on this topic but i do not call everyone as a culprit .
To y knowledge US claims top democracy and fortress of capitalism ,
and built Military-Industrial complex after WWII , it can not be dismantled, so cold war continued and ended but arms industry will flourish.
tamron on March 20, 2014:
People are so far into denial. I just can't believe it! I'm afraid it will be to late!
Sanxuary on March 06, 2013:
You our bravely on the point with this one. We are already their and simply sitting back wondering what comes next. Its been six years going on seven and the breaking point for millions is not far off. I get tired of people who believe the crap on TV. I am hoping that small business and local markets will trump any ideology of revolt but nothing much is going on. There is a lot of new union movements occurring unnoticed but really there is a lot of anger just being bottled up. It is not going to take a lot once people figure out what to do next, whatever that is.
Jo_Goldsmith11 on October 14, 2012:
The details are useful and interesting. Your awesomness amazes me!
well written with great insights. I shared, tweeted, pinned. Voted this up into those ears who need to hear this and understand. Thank you for writing this! :)