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Saturday, 04 February 2017 07:00

Conservative or Liberal - What does it Mean?

Conservative and Liberal - What Does it Mean?

People throw around the word "liberal" like it's an insult, but do they really even know what the words "conservative" and "liberal" mean?

From Roget’s Thesaurus

Conservative:

middle-of-the-road, reactionary, timid, traditional, bourgeois, constant, firm, fuddy-duddy, quiet, redneck, right, stable, steady, Tory, controlled, conventional, die-hard, fearful, fogyish, guarded, hard hat, hidebound, holding to, illiberal, in a rut, inflexible, not extreme, obstinate, old guard, old line, orthodox, right of center, right-wing, sober, traditionalistic, unchangeable, unchanging, uncreative, undaring, unimaginative, unprogressive, white bread

Liberal:

enlightened , flexible, humanistic, lenient, permissive, radical, reformist, tolerant, broad, free, general, humanitarian, left, libertarian, rational, understanding, advanced, broad-minded, high-minded, indulgent, intelligent, interested, loose, magnanimous, reasonable, receptive, unbiased, unbigoted, unconventional, unorthodox, unprejudiced

From Webster’s Dictionary (the guide to American English)

Conservative:

a : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions
b : marked by moderation or caution
c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners
-also-
* believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism
* not liking or accepting changes or new ideas


Liberal:

a : marked by generosity
b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way
-also-
* believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change
* relating to or supporting political liberalism
* not opposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional or widely accepted

Which best describes you?

Which best describes the person you want to be more like?

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:41

Warning Signs of Fascism

Early Warning Signs of Fascism

In 2003, Political Scientist Lawrence Britt published a paper indentifying the 14 warning signs of fascism.  Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Pinochet, and Suharto and found that they had these 14 defining characteristics in commion. 

These warning signs can also be found on display at the Holocaust Museum, as a reminder.

 

14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism

By Dr. Lawrence Britt

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 are 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.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:36

Ministry of Truth on Floor Coverings

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:32

Ministry of Truth on Crowd Size

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