Trump is the new Hitler – a figurehead with a good line in charismatic public speaking, some populist rhetoric and a penchant for mistreating women. The similarities don’t end there however and the key one to draw is that both lead their countries into becoming fascist police states – already, after a couple of weeks in office Trump has threatened to crush peaceful protesters with tanks and has enacted new legislation that violates basic human rights.
Trump and Hitler were both elected into power, Hitler then used a false flag (the burning of the Reichstag) to suspend the constitution and impose a single party totalitarian dictatorship. Many are expecting a major false flag on the 9-11 scale or worse, to occur in the near future in order to empower Trump’s nefarious agenda, probably to give cassus belli for yet another war.
Already we are seeing Trump return to the Bush-era policy of using the US military as mercenaries to fight the battles of ‘allies’ like Saudi Arabia and Israel, a suitable false flag would enable Trump to repeat the Bush-era military adventurism and by suitable, I mean big enough in scope and nature to justify a large scale military response despite the very great degree of war weariness among the US public after failed campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Trump, as dangerous as he is, is not the only nasty character we have to be wary of however. Hitler was largely a figurehead, the poster boy for the Nazi brand skillfully crafted by Joseph Goebbels (BTW, the dapper Nazi uniforms were designed by Hugo Boss) and the really dangerous characters were the brains of the operation – Goebbels the propaganda genius, Himmler the ideological guru and supremely good bureaucrat, Bormann the expert financial criminal, Goering, the smartest and most practical who threatened and coerced everyone who got in the way of the Nazis, Hess the fanatic and orator who whipped up the crowds ready for Hitler’s speeches.
Trump is likewise a figurehead, and likewise is surrounded by a coterie of very unpleasant characters. Will future generations remember the names Bannon, Tillerson, Mattis, Flynn, DeVos, Pence and others in the same way we today regard Goebbels, Himmler, Bormann, Goering, Hess and the rest of the Nazi criminals?
If you doubt the fascist nature of the Trump regime, then you only have to consult the 14 point checklist below and you will see that all of them apply to the USA today.
The 14 Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
first published in Free Inquiry, Spring 2003
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed
to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.