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  •  I don't think they are actually fascists. (3+ / 0-)
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    Mind you, I think they wouldn't be unhappy if fascism were imposed, and I think they'd be more content with fascism than with the system we have now. But I don't believe that fascism per se is their goal. Many of them are authoritarian followers, but few are outright thugs. Fascism is essentially gangsterism with snappy uniforms.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 11:26:37 AM PDT

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    •  Let's consider characteristics of fascism (5+ / 0-)

      Not all fascists are jack-booted thugs, some are shopkeepers. Here is a link to the "Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism" by Dr.Lawrence Britt:

      http://www.rense.com/...

      The resemblance of the current Republican Party's world view to classic fascism is unnerving.

      Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

      by Zinman on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:46:24 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, I'm sure they're being LED by fascists. (5+ / 0-)

        But the fascists are working behind the scenes, not out in the open. The Tea Partiers aren't fascists -- they're the fascists' "useful idiots."

        "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

        by Geenius at Wrok on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:54:25 PM PDT

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        •  OK, Tea Partiers are "useful idiots". (2+ / 0-)
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          I agree, most of the rank and file are not consiciously fascists. However, the fact that their world view is being shaped behind the scenes by fascists does not excuse them for adopting those views.

          Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

          by Zinman on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 03:10:29 PM PDT

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