Fascism. It’s gotten a bad name. Laurence W. Britt in Free Inquiry Magazine wrote in 2003 the now frequently cited “Fascism Anyone?” wherein he delimited the 14 characteristics of a fascist state.
To a secular humanist, these principles seem so logical, so right, so crucial. Yet, there is one archetypal political philosophy that is anathema to almost all of these principles. It is fascism. And fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for. The cliché that people and nations learn from history is not only overused, but also overestimated; often we fail to learn from history, or draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm.
A secular humanist?! Perish the thought. That’s almost as bad as the situational ethicist or moral relativist. My own choice: unapologetic realist. The particular words are meaningless, they all describe in reality nothing.