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John Behan, Former East Hampton Republican Committee Chairman, Endorses Bishop For Congress

too much coffee." Jun 8, 12 3:43 PM

I'm voting for Bishop." Jun 12, 12 10:45 PM

Obama 2012" Jun 14, 12 4:03 PM

Quiogue Residents Oppose Plans For New East End Hospice Facility

We don't want those sick people dying in our village-they'll lower our property values!" Aug 17, 12 9:23 AM

Romney Makes Second Visit To The Hamptons On Friday

Factcheck said that Obama's records are not sealed.They have a story debunking the myth you keep repeating.As far as Romney is concerned,if he is going to be in charge of this country,don't the people have the right to know he's honest?" Aug 20, 12 2:47 PM

Maertz And Fleming Hold First Debate In Southampton

It looks like Mitt Romney screwed up again." Sep 12, 12 10:55 PM

East Hampton Village Police Charge Man With Felony In Connection With Anti-Obama Graffiti

Not bad-but you do know it peaked in early to mid 2011 and has been trending down since.
Short of some catastrophic event,I'm holding right now.
Do you collect bullion or junk? I have both." Sep 26, 12 3:36 PM

Bishop, Altschuler Joust Over Ethics, Outsourcing During Riverhead Debate

That is what we've been saying to Romney." Oct 10, 12 8:09 PM

Is that a self portrait?" Oct 10, 12 8:15 PM

Bishop And Altschuler Debate In Bridgehampton, Focus On Economy

Doesn't Romney want to privatize FEMA?" Nov 1, 12 8:43 PM

27east.com To Implement Metered Subscription Plan

lol its loaded with accuracy" Feb 8, 14 12:32 PM

thanks" Feb 8, 14 12:35 PM

Suffolk Republican Committee Picks Zeldin To Challenge Bishop; Snubs Demos

I'm one of the we.
Why won't you answer phil's questions?" Mar 2, 14 3:22 PM

I'm one of the we.
Why won't you answer phil's questions?" Mar 2, 14 3:22 PM

Deer Slaughter Under Way In Southampton Town

Why do you guys have to do this to every article?
Do you think it wins support?" Apr 12, 14 5:28 AM

Woman Hoping Local Cops Can Be Educated About Breastfeeding

'What's the matter with Kansas?'" Apr 20, 14 11:29 AM

It's a reference to a book-

What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (2004) is a book by American journalist and historian Thomas Frank, which explores the rise of populist anti-elitist conservatism in the United States, centering on the experience of Kansas, Frank's native state. In the late 19th century, Kansas was known as a hotbed of the left-wing Populist movement, but in recent decades, it has become overwhelmingly conservative. The book was published in Britain and Australia as What's the Matter with America?.

What's the Matter with Kansas? spent 18 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
" Apr 20, 14 12:42 PM

Bishop, Zeldin Criticize Obama On Handling Of Ebola, Trade Barbs On Other Issues

An insult To LBJ.
" Oct 21, 14 8:06 AM

Teabaggers want it to be easier to get a gun than to vote." Oct 21, 14 8:09 AM


1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism

From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights

The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause

The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism

Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

5. Rampant sexism

Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

6. A controlled mass media

Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

7. Obsession with national security

Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together

Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

9. Power of corporations protected

Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated

Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts

Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment

Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption

Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

14. Fraudulent elections

Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite." Oct 22, 14 8:35 PM

UPDATE: Bishop Concedes Race To Zeldin

Maybe they're tired of talking to buffoons" Nov 6, 14 12:19 PM

Novel Affair For Veterans Draws Wartime Memories

Mid your post is true it's disgraceful." Nov 17, 14 6:38 AM

Obama's Action On Immigration Draws Mixed Reaction

You don't see racism in that post?" Dec 4, 14 11:15 PM

Zeldin Recommended For Three Committees, Including Transportation

57 house dems voted for it. Where did you get 162?" Dec 12, 14 12:38 PM

The Dodd-Frank rollback puts us right back to what caused the 2008 crash. It gives the banks the right to expect bailouts when they screw up again." Dec 17, 14 3:49 PM

The bailout part of the bill should have never been included in the bill.
" Dec 21, 14 7:50 PM

Experts Say More Forms Of HIV Prevention Medication Will Be Available In The Future

Who released the homophobes?" Dec 31, 14 2:26 PM

The article is about preventing HIV,which you can get fro blood transfusions. Ignorance of the topic and assumptions about behavior tells us something about the poster." Dec 31, 14 2:29 PM

Define "reckless behavior" and who you consider is guilty of "bad judgement and bad hygiene".

" Jan 3, 15 9:23 AM

Bishop Leaves Behind Legacy As East End Advocate

It's cowardly to avoid offering an opinion since you have been so vociferous about the ACA.
Stiil awaiting your answer to my question." Jan 5, 15 12:33 PM

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