All so horribly familiar since 9/11 one can only recognise this as an agenda?
In a 1995 essay “Eternal Fascism”, the Italian writer and academic Umberto Eco attempts to list general properties of fascist ideology. He claims that it is not possible to organise these into a coherent system, but that “it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it”. He uses the term “Ur-fascism” as a generic description of different historical forms of fascism. The features of fascism he lists are as follows: “The Cult of Tradition”, combining cultural syncretism with a rejection of modernism (often disguised as a rejection of capitalism). “The Cult of Action for Action’s Sake”, which dictates that action is of value in itself, and should be taken without intellectual reflection. This, says Eco, is connected with anti-intellectualism and irrationalism, and often manifests in attacks on modern culture and science. “Disagreement Is Treason” – fascism devalues intellectual discourse and critical reasoning as barriers to action. “Fear of Difference”, which fascism seeks to exploit and exacerbate, often in the form of racism or an appeal against foreigners and immigrants. “Appeal to a Frustrated Middle Class”, fearing economic pressure from the demands and aspirations of lower social groups. “Obsession with a Plot” and the hyping-up of an enemy threat. This often involves an appeal to xenophobia or the identification of an internal security threat. He cites Pat Robertson’s book The New World Order as a prominent example of a plot obsession. “Pacifism Is Trafficking with the Enemy” because “Life is Permanent Warfare” – there must always be an enemy to fight. “Contempt for the Weak” – although a fascist society is elitist, everybody in the society is educated to become a hero. “Selective Populism” – the People have a common will, which is not delegated but interpreted by a leader. This may involve doubt being cast upon a democratic institution, because “it no longer represents the Voice of the People”. “Newspeak” – fascism employs and promotes an impoverished vocabulary in order to limit critical reasoning.http://pegc.us/archive/Articles/eco_ur-fascism.pdf
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