…is not a credible list of fascistic characteristics.
Fascism: Umberto Eco Slam Dunks Lawrence Britt
Frequently cited in defense of suggesting the US is on the road to Fascism is the essay "Fourteen Defining…
There are several problems with this list, but the biggest issue with it is that it assumes to be “yes or no, black or white” characteristics of governance which exist in a milieu.
For example, let’s take Supremacy of the Military.
Clearly, we don’t have “Supremacy of the Military” in the US. In Nazi Germany, the government and the military were one; Hitler retained a military rank for his entire life. We retain civilian control, and there is no indication whatsoever (at least, not unless you’re a bit paranoid) that that will change.
But, more to the point, SUPREMACY is the end product of a government’s emphasis on the military which looks like this:
Point here is that “military supremacy” (which can be fascistic or communistic) is just as bad as having no military at all, as far as a characteristic of good governance is concerned.
So, where on the above scale would you draw the line, and say “fascism starts HERE”? I don’t know, and neither do you. Obviously it’s somewhere about where the blue turns to red, but gauging where that point is, and what point the US currently is, is a reasonable subject for debate.
But, no, we don’t fit that characteristic, as a nation.
Is Trump a fascist? Sorry, not buying it. He’s an authoritarian, but so was Bush and Obama. Both used extensive measures like Executive Orders and signing statements to channel and control the will of Congress, and thus the will of the people.
Hope that helps.