Published in June 2003, Britt writes in his introduction, "fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for." If he thought fascism was in the air during George W. B. Bush's presidency, I wonder what he's thinking now. That we've arrived? That "everything we stand for" is being rapidly destroyed by the push from, not only the far-right, but from the entire Republican establishment as well?
Britt used as his models seven fascist and protofascist nations: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While these regimes are a "mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels and histories, they show remarkably similar characteristics," writes Britt.
The similarities between these regimes to what is occurring in the United States today should ring alarm bells for anyone who wants to preserve our democracy and "everything we stand for."
Following are Britt's 14 characteristics of Fascism in his own words: