What They Mean
Hitler's SWASTIKA and Mussolini's "FASCES"
are the symbols of Fascism. What is behind them ?
What are Germany, Italy and other Fascist States doing ?
What makes them so dangerous to the rest of the World ?
Fascism destroys Freedom
ALL opposition to the Fascist Governments is forbidden. Political parties have been suppressed. Opponents of the regime are thrown into concentration camps; imprisoned, tortured and murdered. Discontent with social conditions has no legitimate means of expression.
Criticism is forbidden. Newspapers, books, periodicals, pictures, music, are all the organs of the Dictatorship. False and tendentious news is used to keep the people in ignorance of the true nature of events.
Trade Unions are forbidden. The workers have lost their bargaining power. Wages and conditions of work are dictated by the employers and enforced by the State.
Freedom of conscience is forbidden. The Church is dominated by the State. Pastor Niemoller, the great Evangelical leader, has
been imprisoned indefinitely in Germany because he protested against State interference with Church teaching.
Fascism destroys Security
THE rule of law has been destroyed. Persons suspected of hostility to the Government can be arrested or imprisoned without trial. A chance criticism of the quality of food may be enough to entail imprisonment if reported to the political police. Espionage is minutely organised and the walls have ears.
An insane pride of race has led to terrible racial persecution. The Jews are imprisoned or killed, or else expelled from their country without means of support. The latest anti-Jewish decrees in Germany ban Jews from the principal streets, deprive them of the means of earning a living, prevent them from owning businesses, real estate, P.T.O.