By Situation Theatre 31/8/2019
A survey of news articles since the May 18 election provides evidence for all fourteen early warning signs of fascism. This is no hyperbole. Any objective analysis would show the Government is driving Australia down a dark road. We must urgently resist their proto-fascist project and offer a different political vision to engage and inspire the broader community. The alternative does not bear thinking about.
Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration, a photograph of this poster, on sale in the gift shop of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., went viral.
The list originated from an article written by Laurence Britt in 2003 for Free Inquiry magazine. At the bottom of the poster, small text explains:
Laurence W. Britt wrote about the common signs of fascism in April 2003, after researching seven fascists regimes. Those were Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Benito Mussolini’s Italy, Francisco Franco’s Spain, Antontio de Oliveira Salazar’s Portual, George Papadopoulos’s Greece, August Pinochet’s Chile, Mohamed Suharto’s Indonesia. These signs resonate with the political and economic direction of the United States under Bush/Cheney. Get involved in reversing this anti-democratic direction while you still can!
The viral image clearly struck a chord with Americans following the election of Donald Trump and it should do likewise for Australians after the election of Scott Morrison.
Since May 18, a number of commentators have understandably bemoaned the lack of a Coalition policy agenda for its third term. However, this survey of news items since the election suggests otherwise.
The survey was largely confined to the Guardian Australia, and included the artificial constraint of four examples for each warning sign. It demonstrates that far from lacking an agenda, the Coalition has a fourteen point proto-fascist plan which presents a clear and present danger to Australian democracy.
And the terrifying thing is that the examples beneath each point are just the tip of the iceberg. Many examples had to be culled due to limitations in the carrying capacity of the Internet.
These fourteen points really shouldn’t be such an efficient filing system for most stories involving the Australian Government.
Ummmm, alarm bells anyone?