Saturday, March 15, 2014

Putin's war rhetoric reeks of fascism

These are the characteristics of fascism: 
  • claims that ethnic kinship supersedes sovereign national boundaries; 
  • (and correspondingly) claims on other countries' sovereign territory;
  • control of private media; 
  • constant pro-state propaganda; 
  • cult of the leader; 
  • persecution of minorities (gays and Caucasians); 
  • overt militarism; 
  • corporatism (control by the state and its cronies of key industries); 
  • active and untouchable secret police; 
  • an army of "brownshirt" thugs that can be used to stir up trouble; 
  • disappearance and imprisonment of dissidents and political opponents.

All these things exist in Russia today. Putin has set Russia on a dangerous path toward toward expansionism and fascism.

By Masha Gessen
March 14, 2014 | Washington Post

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