The United States has moved closer to fascism under every president since Nixon, regardless of party affiliation. Political scientist Lawrence Britt describes 14 traits in common with the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet: powerful and continuing nationalism; disdain for human rights; use of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause; military supremacy; rampant sexism; controlled mass media; obsession with national security; religion and government intertwined; corporate power protected; labor power suppressed; disdain for intellectuals and the arts; obsession with crime and punishment; rampant cronyism and corruption; and fraudulent elections. Are we there yet?

Eric Holle