What does Bush Mean by "Fascism"?
by fishnmike, Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 04:02:20 PM EDT
The Bush administration is employing a new term to support their illegal war in Iraq. They're now saying that they are battling "Islamic fascism." Not knowing what the exact definition of "fascist" was, I decided to look it up on the internet encyclopedia and dictionary, Wikipedia. This is how they defined fascism:
Fascism is a radical political ideology that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism, and anti-liberalism.
I decided that I needed to further understand what each of these terms meant, so I explored the Wikipedia definitions for each. Boy, was I surprised by what I found!!
1) Corporatism: "Historically, corporatism...is a political system in which legislative power is given to civic assemblies that represent economic, industrial, agrarian, and professional groups. Unlike pluralism, in which many groups must compete for control of the state, in corporatism, certain unelected bodies take a critical role in the decision-making process." Hmm. Does the fact that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies wrote the Medicare prescription bill, or that big oil companies helped write the energy bill, or that subsidiaries of Halliburton are awarded lucrative, multi-year, no-bid contracts for billions of dollars in Iraq sound like corporatism to you?
2) Authoritarianism: Authoritarianism describes a form of government characterized by strict obedience to the authority of the state, which often maintains and enforces social control through the use of oppressive measures. The term may also be used to describe the personality or management style of an individual or organization which seeks to dominate those within its sphere of influence and has little regard for building consensus. Hmm. I wonder if that's like attaching signing statements to bills passed by Congress that say, "As President, I'll follow this law if it suits me, but if it doesn't, I'll just disregard it"? I wonder is that's like the current practice in Congress of only bringing legislation to the floor that has the support of "the majority of the majority," turning a deaf ear to the minority point of view?
3) Nationalism: "Nationalism is an ideology that holds that a nation is the fundamental unit for human social life, and takes precedence over any other social and political principles. Nationalism makes certain political claims based on this belief; above all, the claim that the nation is the only legitimate basis for the state and that each nation is entitled to its own state." Hmm. I wonder if this is what drives many neo-conservatives to believe that, since the fall of communism, the United States is the lone superpower in the world and, as such, has the right, for the first time in its history, to invade and occupy other countries without being attacked first?
4) Militarism: "Militarism is the doctrinal view of a society as being best served when it is governed or guided by concepts embodied in the culture, doctrine, system, or people of the military. Militarists hold the view that security is the highest social priority, and claim that the development and maintenance of the military ensures that security." Hmm...do you think that the size and strength of America's military may lead our current administration to think that they can spread democracy around the Middle East from the point of a gun? Do you think that it might encourage them to think that they don't need the support of other countries of the world, especially "old Europe" when they want to protect our interests in Middle Eastern oil?
5) Anti-anarchism: Anarchism "Is the belief that all forms of rulership are undesirable and should be abolished. On its own anarchism does not provide a world view beyond the idea that imposed authority is undesirable and unnecessary." Hmm. That must mean that anti-anarchism believes the opposite - that imposed authority is both desirable and necessary. I wonder if that's why our President thinks that he can detain people in secret prisons in other countries, torture prisoners to obtain confessions, and tap our phones without a court order?
6) Anti-communism: Anti-communism is an ideology of opposition to communist organization, government and ideology. It often incorporates opposition to the other policies and ideologies that threaten property interests or advocate left radicalism. Hmm. I wonder if our President realizes that we defeated communism over fifteen years ago in spite the fact that we didn't use secret prisons, illegally tap the phones American citizens, or unilaterally invade any other countries (except Vietnam, where we lost)?
7) Anti-liberalism: "Contemporary liberalism emphasizes individual rights. It seeks a society characterized by freedom of thought for individuals, limitations on power, especially government and religion, the rule of law, free public education, the free exchange of ideas, a market economy that supports relatively free private enterprise, and a transparent system of government in which the rights of all citizens are protected." Hmm. Better yet, HMMMM!!! If you listen to Rush or watch Fox News on a regular basis, you will get a whole different definition of liberal. They make it sound like something that is stuck to your shoe. I thought I was a conservative. But this definition fits my belief system well. So I guess I'm a liberal.
I was really surprised by what I found on Wikipedia, but I'm not making this up. Check it out for yourself. And after considering Wikipedia's definition of fascism, I think Mr. Bush might want to rethink what he is saying to the American people. It looks like he and his group of fascist cronies is fighting another group of fascists in this Middle Eastern campaign. Maybe it's time for a change in philosophy and a change in the direction our country is heading.