Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Increasingly, in dealing with the Georgite Regime’s actions, programs, and policies the words “fascist” and “fas­cism” are being used to describe them.  However, the terms are most often used without definition.  Since they then become nothing more than epithets, I think that this is not particularly useful in serious politics and for serious historical analysis.  In this column, I take a different approach to the subject.  The text is drawn from Appendix II of my book, The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2002, which I first published in 1996, under the pseudonym “Jonathan Westminster” (see the end notes of the column for publishing details).   This definition (admittedly quite lengthy) was not drawn out of thin air.  It was based on my analysis of the historical experience in those countries that have acknowledged themselves as fascist, especially Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.  

For most of its 14 elements, I also present one or more those actions, policies, programs, and “Unitary Executive” wish list of the Georgite Regime that happen to be entirely consistent with it.  The reader is left to make his/her own judgment as to whether the shoe fits the Georgite foot.  That is if, walking and quacking like a duck, it is a duck. 

A Definition of Fascism (with the major elements of the Georgite profile that fit following each) 

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.                             

                               Examples of Georgite fascism: Taking over the judiciary and making it subservient to the executive branch, through appointments, the use of the law and rule-making, and selective refusal to abide by the present judiciary’s decisions.  Limiting Congressional authority to the extent possible, while through admonition and political threats and bribery, making Congressional Republicans as subservient to the White House as feasible.  Trumpeting the Constitutional theory of the “Unitary Executive.”  The, shall we say, creative use of “Signing Statements” to over-ride actions of the Congress. 

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

Example: The increasingly frequent referral by George Bush to his dependence on his belief in a “higher power,” one that, as Scalia and Thomas have said for years, stands above the Constitution in authority.  Since there is no possibility of independent determination of what this “higher power” has to say, its/his/her word, of course consequently is whatever George Bush says it is.  Ergo, the rule of man, not law. 

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

Example:  As of now, with the unprecedented moves to redistrict in non-census years, the DeLay/Cheney/Bush Republicans are certainly moving to establish at least the first element of a single party system in our country. 

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

Examples: take your pick from among, for example: illegalization of freedom of belief on when life begins; the campaign to remove homosexuals from the purview of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment; the drive to retroactively put “God” (the Christian Rightist concept of “God,” of course) into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (preferably above it). 

5.       Racism, homophobia, misogynism, and national chauvinism are major factors in national politics and policy-making.

I don’t need to spell out this one. 

6.       There is no recognition of inherent personal rights.  Only the government can grant “rights.” Any “rights” granted by the government may be di­min­ished or removed by it from any individual or group at any time with­out prior notice, explana­tion, or judicial review.  Thus, there is no pre­sumed freedom of speech, press, religion, or even belief, automatically accom­panying citizenship.  There are no inherent or presumed protections against any violations of person­al liberty committed by law-enforcement or other government agencies. 

      Examples: the “Patriot Act” has demolished the Fourth Amendment (protection against arbitrary search and seizure), the Fifth Amendment (guarantee of due process of law), and the Sixth      Amendment (guarantee of a jury trial in criminal cases) for, if the Georgites get their way, US citizens as well as all others.  Just wait for “Patriot Act” II. (It came, with the 2006 “Military

     Commissions Act, giving the President the power to incarcerate indefinitely without access to      any legal processes, any person, citizen or non-citizen, whom he deems is acting to “aid and abet terrorism,” and the repeal of habeas corpus.) Then there is the claim that whatever rights we do have are granted by “God,” rather than being inherent.  As in (2) above, that of course means that both the rights and whoever may be their beneficiaries are whatever and whoever the Georgites say that “God” says they are. 

7.       Official and unofficial force, internal terror, and routine torture of cap­tured opponents are major means of governmental control. 

Hey, if foreigners can be routinely tortured, why not American citizens labeled as “enemy combatants” by George and John (or Alberto or Prof. Yoo)?  As the forces that could be used, think Blackwater and all of those trained CIA torturers. 

8.       There are few or no employee rights or protections, including the right of workers to bargain collectively.  Only government-approved labor unions or associations are permitted to exist,  and that approval may be removed at any time, without prior notice. 

Trying to end guaranteed overtime for certain groups of workers is only the beginning on this one. 

9.       All communications media are government-owned or otherwise government-controlled. 

Fox “News” and Right-Wing talk radio (the major components of what I now call the Privatized Ministry of Propaganda) are certainly openers on this pathway. 

10.   All entertainment, music, art, and organized sport are controlled by the gov­ernment. 

Hey, nobody’s perfect (but once upon a time George was of course part-owner of a baseball team). 

11.   There may or may not be a single charismatic leader in charge of the gov­ernment, i.e., a “Dictator.” 

Both President Bushes have expressed interest in this idea. 

12.   The economy is based on state supported and subsidized capitalism, with tight central control of the dis­tri­bution of resources among the producers, and strict limitations on the free market for labor (as noted above). 

Again, hey, nobody’s perfect (yet).  But again, the Georgites are moving in that direction with, for example the extraordinary care and attention they lavish on the extractive industries. 

13.   The fascist takeover of the government of a major power always leads to foreign war and adventurism sooner or later.                                   

                              No comment necessary.                        

14.   Built as it is on terror, repression, and an ultimately fictional/self-delusional representation of historical, political, and economic reality [emphasis added to the original “Westminster” definition], fascism is inherent­ly unstable and always carries with it the seeds of its own destruc­tion.  To date, such seeds have always sprouted within a relatively short historical peri­od of time. 

Well, they got the “fictional/self-delusional” stuff right.     

The book from which this set of history-based definitions is quoted was published in 1996.  So my question is this: did the Georgites read it first, or are they just coming to it naturally?   

To conclude, if you don’t like long definitions, see the columns of the previous two weeks for my short one.


Author’s note: I originally published this column on The Political Junkies.net on March 14, 2007.  It wa Column No. 141 in my TPJ series.  It is the third in my Bush Retrospective Series, originally having run on May 27, 2004.  It coincidentally arrives on TPJ just after my two-part series on “Lessons for the US Fascists.”  In my view, it fits right in. 


Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a TPJ Contributing Author.  He is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author of over twenty-five books. Dr. Jonas is also: a Columnist for the webmagazine BuzzFlash (http://www.buzzflash.com/); a Contributing Editor for the Moving Planet Blog (http://www.planetarymovement.org/); a Contributing Columnist for the Project for the Old American Century, POAC (http://www.oldamericancentury.org/); a regular contributor to the weblog Thomas Paine’s Corner (http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/); and a regular contributor to the weblog The Daily Scare (http://www.dailyscare.com/).  He has his own website for short pieces entitled “Dr. J.’s Short Shots, II” (http://drjsshortshots.wordpress.com/). 

Previous TPJ columns, with links

Mar 7, 2007    “Lessons For The US Fascists From The Nazi German Experience, Part 2″

Feb 27, 2007   “Lessons For The US Fascists From The Nazi German Experience, Part 1”
Feb 21, 2007   “Less Partisanship? No.  More.”
Feb 14, 2007   “The Iran War: The Top Ten Questions And Talking With God” 
Feb 7,2007      “On George Bush And Religion, II, Redux”

Jan 31, 2007     “The Iraq War And The One In Spain:
Similarities That Are Ignored At Our Peril”

Jan 17, 2007    
“On George Bush And Religion I, Redux, Part 2”
Jan 11, 2007    
“On George Bush And Religion I, Redux, Part 1”
Jan 4, 2007      “The ‘I’ Word”

Dec 14, 2006   
“Exiting IRAQ, The Georgite Way, Revisited”

Nov 30, 2006     
“‘Are The Democrats Going To Blow It?’
That All Depends Upon what The ‘IT’ Is

Nov 16, 2006     “On Republican IRAQ Policy And Why No Grand Theft Election
(They’re Related)

Nov 12, 2006      “Democratic Ideas: Post-Election 2006”
Nov 2, 2006       
“The US Enabling Act, 2006, Part II: Why Bush Wanted It”

Oct 26, 2006       “The US Enabling Act, 2006, Part I: What It Is And Some Comparative History”
Oct 12,2006        Democratic Ideas, XIV: Attack On Defense Revisited”
Oct 5, 2006        “Iran Nukes, Revisited” (Expanded Edition)

Sept 28, 2006     “Democratic Ideas, XIII: Controlling The Agenda”
Sept 21, 2006      Reran article dated October 14, 2004
Sept 14, 2006    
“Democratic Ideas, XII: Focusing On The Constitution”
Sept 7, 2006       “Let’s Hear It For Strict Constructionism,” V. 3, Part 3”

Aug 16, 2006      “Let’s Hear It For Strict Constructionism, V. 3, Part 2”
Aug 10, 2006      The Dick Durbin Disaster – reran
Aug 3, 2006        Democratic Ideas, IX:, “Let’s Hear It For Strict Construction (V. 3), Part 1”

Jul 27, 2006        “What’s It All About, Alfie?”
Jul 19, 2006        “Democratic Ideas, VIII: Let’s Play Capture The Flag”
Jul 13, 2006        “Ann Coulter: The New Face Of The Republican Party”
Jul 6,2006           “Ideas For Democrats, VII: Bipartisanship On Iraq”

Jun 29, 2006       “Ideas For Democrats, VI: Attack On Defense, II”
Jun 22, 2006       “Ideas For Democrats, V: Attack On Defense”
Jun 15, 2006       “Ideas For Democrats, IV: The Ten Commitments, Re-visited”
Jun 8, 2006         “Ideas For Democrats, III: Dealing The DLC”
Jun 1, 2006         “Ideas For Democrats, II: Why Don’t The Democrats?”

May 25, 2006       “Ideas For Democrats, I: The Vision”
May 18, 2006       “On Conspiracy Theories”
May 11, 2006       “The Significance Of The Tony Snow Job”*
May 3, 2006         “Bush Is Not Hitler, II”

April 25, 2005       “Bush Is Not Hitler, I”
April 20, 2006      
Some Thoughts On The ‘Immigration Problem'”
April 13, 2006      
“The Georgite State Of The Union Address Revited”
April 6, 2006         “A Firebell In The Night:  The So-Called ‘Gay Marriage’ Amendment, II”
April 2, 2006        
“A Fireball In The Night:
The So-Called ‘Gay Marriage’ Amendment, I

Feb 22, 2006         “The German Reichstag Fire of 1933 and 9/11: Some Comparisons. A Revisit,
Part II” 

Feb 16, 2006         “The German Reichstag Fire Of 1933 And 9/11: Some
Comparisons.  A Revisit, Part1″

Feb 9, 2006          
A Comment On The Democratic Alchemy,’
Appearing In The American Prospect”         

Feb 2, 2006          
Vengeance Is Mine, Saith The LORD

Jan 26, 2006          “George Bush And The Doctrine Of Original Intent” 
Jan 19, 2006         
“Let’s Hear It For Original Intent (Version 2)”
Jan 12, 2006         
“A Quick Visit To Mexico”
Jan 5, 2006          
 “Why The Patriot Act, Redux: Fascism In The Here And Now, Cont.” 

Dec 22, 2005          “Why The Patriot Act, Redux: Fascism In The Here And Now”
Dec 15, 2005          “An Iraq Exit Proposal”
Dec 10, 2005          “Exiting Iraq, The Georgite Way”
Dec 1, 2005            The Future Of The Democratic Party, VIII:
A Politically Viable Progressive Position On The War”

Nov 25, 2005            “The Future Of The Democratic Party, VII: ‘The Ten Commitments’”
Nov 17, 2005           
The Future Of The Democratic Party, VI: An Organizing Proposal For Progressives”
Nov 10, 2005           
“The Future Of The Democratic Party, V:
There Is No Middle Ground”

Nov 3, 2005             
“On The (Possible) Indictments.”

Oct 27, 2005            “The Future of the Democratic Party, IV:
Bush, Bennett, Miers, and the DLC.” 

Oct 20, 2005            “The Future Of The Democratic Party, III:
First Thoughts On Dealing With The DLC.”

Oct 13, 2005           
“The Future Of The Democratic Party, II: On The Republicans” 
Oct 6,  2005            
“The Future Of The Democratic Party, I”

Sept 29, 2005          “The Bush Flood, And The Georgites: New Orleans, III”
Sept 22, 2005         
“On The Great New Orleans Flood Of 2005, II”
Sept 15, 2005          “On The Great New Orleans Bush Flood Of 2005, I”
Sept 8, 2005           
“Let’s Hear It For Original Intent”
Sept 1, 2005            “An Iraq Solution”

Aug 25,2005             “Some Thoughts On The Atomic Bombing Of Japan”
Aug 18, 2005            “Why God Sent Us George W. Bush”
Aug 12, 2005            “John Bolton And The Nuclear Option II”
Aug 5, 2005              “The Significance Of The Karl Rove Speech”

July 28, 2005             “Iran Nukes, Revisited”
(Expanded Edition)

July 21, 2005             “Iran Nukes, Revisited”
July 14, 2005             “The Dick Durbin Disaster” A Follow Up
July 7, 2005               
The Dick Durban Disaster”

June 23, 2005            Why All Of This Repression Abroad?”
June 16, 2005            
Not Very Intelligent Design”
June 8,2005            
 “Pat Buchanan’s “What If, “III?”
June 2, 2005            
Pat Buchanan’s ‘What If,’ II?”

May 26, 2005            “Pat Buchanan’s ‘What If?'”
May 18, 2005            The Schiavo Case, V: The Attack On Science” 
May 12, 2005            “Possible Explanations For Bush-Behavior On And Around 9/11″
May 5, 2005              “Bill Frist’s Declaration Of War”

April 28, 2005            “The Schiavo Case, IV: The Definitions Of Life And Death”
April 24, 2005           
“The Schiavo Case, III: Further Legal Considerations And Their Political Implications”
April 14, 2005            “The Schiavo Case, II: William Bennett And The Beginning Of The End Of The Separation Of Powers”
April 7, 2005              “The Schiavo Case And The Locus Of The ‘Police Power'”

March 31, 2005           “John Bolton And The Nuclear Option”
March 22, 2005            Of “Moolahs,” Putin and Bush
March 17, 2005           
Georgite “Freedom And Democracy”
March 10, 2005            “We Won’t Have To Worry Any More”
March  3, 2005             “Iranian Nukes”

February 24, 2005        “Going Nuclear In Iran”
February 16, 2005        “The Georgite Social Security Scam: Bases For Suspicion”
February 10, 2005        “The Georgite Version of ‘Freedom and Democracy’ ”

“The Coming 2nd Civil War (Unless),” No. 6

Feb 3, 2005                  “WMD Discovered — In Washington”

Jan 27, 2005                 “Comparing George W. Bush And Adolf Hitler”
Jan 18, 2005                 “The Bush Second Inaugural: A Preview” “The Coming 2nd Civil War
(Unless),” No. 5 

Jan 13, 2005                 “The Georgite Concept of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law”
Jan 6, 2005                   “The ‘Unless’ Of The ‘Coming Second Civil War’ Series; Part II”  

Dec 30, 2004                 “The ‘Unless’ of the ‘Coming Second Civil War’ Series, Part I” 
Dec 23, 2004                 “The Real Meaning Of The ‘Faith-Based Presidency;’ Part II”
Dec 15, 2004                 “The Coming Second Civil War (Unless)” 
Dec 9, 2004                   “The Real Meaning Of The ‘Faith-Based Presidency’ ”      

Oct 28, 2004                 Why The Patriot Act?”
Oct. 21, 2004                “The Cheneys’ Daughter Flap”
Oct 14, 2004                 “George Bush’s America” 
Oct 7, 2004                   “The Debate” 

Sept 30, 2004                “Four 800 Lb. Gorillas In The Campaign Room” 
Sept 23, 2004               “Fixing The Kerry Campaign, 9/15/2004”
Sept 16, 2004               “Lessons From Japan.  Part II: Successful Occupations”
Sept 9, 2004                 Thoughts On the Third Anniversary of the Tragedy of 9/11/2001″
Sept 2, 2004                 “Lessons From Japan, Part 1”

August 26,2004             “Dealing with the Republican National Convention and Related

August 18, 2004            “The Best Of Dr. Jonas”
August 12, 2004             “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, VI”
August 5,2004                “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, V”

July 29, 2004                “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, IV”
July 22, 2004                “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign III”             
July 15, 2004                “Some Thoughts For And About The Kerry Campaign II”
July 7, 2004                  “Some Thoughts For And About The Kerry Campaign,I”
July 1, 2004                  “Counsel To The President”
June 24, 2004               “ ’You Know me Al:’ On the German Reichstag Fire of Feb. 27, 1933
and the 9/11/01 Bombing of the World Trade Center, Part II”

June 17, 2004               “ ‘The Ralph Nader Problem’ — A Re-run plus”
June 10, 2004               “Ronald Reagan’s Legacy”
June 3, 2004                 “’You Know Me Al:’ On The Reichstag Fire Of Feb. 27, 1933 And The
9/11/01 Bombing Of The World Trade Center, Part I”

May 27, 2004                “On Fascism — And The Georgites”
May 20, 2004                “On John Ashcroft — And Jefferson Davis”
May 13, 2004                “Karl Rove’s Personal Political Notebook”
May 6, 2004                  “Possible Explanations For Bush Behavior And 9/11” 

April 29, 2004               “On George Bush and Religion, Part 2
April 22, 2004               “What Condi Rice Might Have Said”
April 8, 2004                 “On George Bush And Religion”
April 1, 2004                 “Some Political Thoughts For Senator Kerry”  

March 25, 2004              “Brief Essays”
March 16, 2004             “You Know Me Al: The Iraq War — So What Was It About, Anyway?
March 11, 2004             “A Word (Or Two) On Ralph Nader”
March 4, 2004               “A Firebell In The Night” 

February 27, 2004        “On Doctor Dean”

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  1. This is the funny post I have read in days. Does your head hurt from producing this propaganda? Very funny stuff.

    I find it funny that Bush has bent over backwards to appease the lefties and yet they still attack him. Told you so, George.

    Bush is quickly becoming the 2d or 3d worts Prez in history. Carter being the worst.

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