Quotations on Fascism

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“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

                                                                Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“Are you a communist?”
“No I am an anti-fascist”
“For a long time?”
“Since I have understood fascism.”

                                      Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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“A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

                                                                               Henry Wallace

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“Fascism is not something simply to be studied in historical terms from the past, something that happened in other places and times. We, in the United States of America, face the rise of fascism in the form of religious fanaticism and bigotry against minorities, women, and the poor. If we do not act and vote against this rising flood of far-right extremism, we risk losing the freedom and democracy for which our ancestors fought and often gave their lives to defend.”

                                                                                Charles F. French

44 thoughts on “Quotations on Fascism

  1. I’m still….STILL…figuring out just how I’m gonna say it, when/where, in social media land – to stand up/stand by/ and express all you just did, in the phrase

    “face the rise of fascism in the form of religious fanaticism and bigotry against minorities, women, and the poor”

    For, the worse the economy gets, the wages vs. the myth of riches/anyone can make it and if you can’t? Well you’re just lazy/not trying hard enough’, the gap between those who have and those who do not? I see only greater divisiveness and ‘us vs. them’ playing out – Me? I’m not homeless, I live simply and have been increasingly going into self-imposed austerity the past 3 years, on many, many fronts, to keep what freedom I can from ‘taking on jobs that may mean lots of $ in my pocket, but for entities that I do not support – in anyway/shape or fashion – ” –

    As you can see…. many things on my heart, overall thoughts, that …I believe, until I can nail it down, as eloquently as you did? Best to wait – and yet, more and more? I think, “I’m one of those who is being silent – the silent majority and if I stay silent now, there will be no one to speak for me, when they come for me….”

    😀 Today, just might be the day I wing it and let the chips fall where they may – LOL or I might rewrite the draft a few more hundred times – not your fault – I have your book – I just need to ‘follow directions’ – LOL

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      • I know it is! However, I have been watching the landscape for a long time – the ebbs and flows, and to me? Sometimes? I feel the call to TRY, for the love of all that is holy, to get myself out of WTF/Temper land BEFORE I post – for the same reason I don’t start an outdoor fire in the middle of the dry/drought ridden area I live in –

        Waiting for the Supreme Court to reverse the lil ‘decision regarding :

        Free Speech, yes, but that doesn’t mean you yell Fire in a crowded theatre when there isn’t one – you will be held accountable for the folks injured/trampled to death because you caused a panic by lying/playing a practical joke/prank” –

        Me? I try, my best, as best as I can live with, to not pour my beer or gasoline in emergency can, on top of a raging fire – thus, I’m speaking up, here and there – in person, online/offline, through comments/etc.,
        But I’ve yet to post me own stuff – cuz – – well – – as Ole Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!”

        Signed – grew up in the era of PSAs that made sense to me – LOL

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  2. These are good quotations. Between the spread of neoliberalism and fascism, the world is in a sorry place. Add to that, the spread of AI, deep fake and other ‘technology’ , my fear is that the world is headed towards an even sorrier place

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  3. “Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers — and before it can be his, it is hers alone. She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it.”
    ― Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race

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  4. I agree with your statement, but I think FDR forgot just how wealthy and powerful he and his family were even before his election. Then he went against tradition to maintain his power and get elected 4 times.

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    On target!! … “Fascism is not something simply to be studied in historical terms from the past, something that happened in other places and times. We, in the United States of America, face the rise of fascism in the form of religious fanaticism and bigotry against minorities, women, and the poor. If we do not act and vote against this rising flood of far-right extremism, we risk losing the freedom and democracy for which our ancestors fought and often gave their lives to defend.”

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  6. Wow! So Loved this post, Charles!! All so True! I think you will like the one I saw
    From C.S. Lewis – I made an addendum

    “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Sinclair Lewis

    Addendum by Charles Robert Lindholm

    “And delivered by radical religious and extremist zealots parading around in the robes of Supreme Court Justices!”

    This quote is a scary one too!
    Nikita Khrushchev – 11/18/1956
    “we will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the United States. We will bury you from within”

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