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You forgot a strong belief in their own virtue and the redeeming power of (other peoples') suffering.

Fascism is a bit strong, since it sounds like you're evoking the Nazi regime, but in the sense of government by the corporations for the corporations (which didn't really fit WWII Germany, did it?) it's not that far off.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 18th, 2013 at 08:01:44 AM EST
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Well - people forget that in fascism corporatocracy comes first. Militarism and a cult of physical violence are optional. (Although very popular.)

Nazism was very much a corporate creation, funded by financial and industrial interests in Germany and the US. Without that funding, Hitler would have remained an eccentric extremist.

Of course, some industrialists - Thyssen particularly - discovered trying to buy a creature like Hitler was an expensive mistake.

Other backers did quite well out of WWII.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Mar 18th, 2013 at 09:39:25 AM EST
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