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The Serialization of The 15% Solution: How the Repub. Religious Right Took Control of the US: 1981-2022, Preface, Part 2

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And so, here is a working description of fascism as Westminster would most likely understand it (drawn from the book's Appendix II).

A Definition of Fascism

Fascism is a political, social, and economic system that has the following baker's dozen plus one of major defining characteristics:

1. There is complete executive branch control of government policy and action. There is no independent judicial or legislative branch of government.

2. There is no Constitution recognized by all political forces as having an authority beyond that claimed, stated, and exerted by the government in power, to which that government is subject. The rule of men, not law, is supreme.

3. There is only one political party, and no mass organizations of any kind other than those approved by the government are permitted.

4. Government establishes and enforces the rules of "right" thinking, "right" action, and "right" religious devotion.

5. Racism, homophobia, misogynism, and national chauvinism are major factors in national politics and policy-making. Religious authoritarianism may be part of the package.

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