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Thursday, January 27

The Appeal of Fascism

This is probably one of the best breakdowns of Fascism I have seen in a while.

The fundamental appeal of fascism to the everyday person is threefold. It consists of:

# The promise of security. Fascists typically posit threats, external and internal, that are easily identified but difficult to fight, and then promise to protect you from them - if only you will give them absolute power to do so.
# Relief from uncertainty. It is no accident that Orwell had his dictator characterize himself as Big Brother. The fascist relieves you of the responsibility to make difficult decisions. You simply follow orders - given, of course, by Big Brother.
# A share of strength. Most insidious, Big Brother will let you exercise power over others - as long as you exercise Big Brother's power Big Brother's way. "


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