Fascist Elements Test
Both right-wingers and left-wingers habitually call each other fascists as a political slur. At the same time, the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee has found that actual fascism is on the rise.
This test combines the insights of several prior efforts to research fascism to bring you a single, composite test measuring agreement with fascist elements across 10 different domains.
Where do you fall on the Fascist Elements test? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.
Question 1 of 50
There is so much “fake news” out there that the media should be subjected to increased government oversight.
The IDRlabs Fascist Elements Test (IDR-FET) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-FET is based on the work of political scientists and philosophers as detailed in the references list below. The IDR-FET is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of political ideology or their affiliated research institutions.
The 10 Fascist Elements measured by the test are: Corporatism: The belief that the state should step in to guide, coordinate, and control production as well as coordinate negotiations between employers and labor unions. Strongman Leader: The belief that society functions best when it is governed by a strong and inspiring leader in whom the people can put their trust. Militarism: The belief that the military mode of organization should be extended into other areas of society such as schools, politics, police, and the workplace. Dissident Suppression: The belief that people who disagree with the reigning orthodoxy should be monitored, surveilled, and repressed by the state. Natural Hierarchy: The belief that people of certain races, genders, political observations, and/or religious affiliations are naturally superior to others. Press and Speech Control: The belief that certain ideas and standpoints are so odious that the state is justified in taking strict measures to hinder their propagation in thought and speech. Rebirth Myth: The belief that the nation has digressed so far from the path of greatness that only extraordinary political measures can restore it to its former glory. Denunciation of Enemies: The belief that certain groups are the collective enemies of the people, and that these enemies are responsible for many of the nation’s troubles. Tough-mindedness: A personality characteristic that predisposes one towards being cynical, confrontational, and uninterested in the well-being of out-groups. Traditional Values: The belief that traditional values and morality are worthy of preservation and that society works better when people conform to these values.
Please note that as the professor of politics Andrew Vincent has said, fascism has a complex relationship with other ideologies such as socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Simply agreeing with one of the fascist elements does not necessarily make one a fascist. For example, the fact that many conservatives agree with the “Traditional Values” element and many socialists agree with the “Corporatist” element does not make them fascists.
The test was compiled on the basis of the following sources: Eysenck, H. J., & Coulter, T. T. (1972). The Personality and Attitudes of Working-Class British Communists and Fascists. The Journal of Social Psychology, 87(1), 59–73; Eysenck, H. J. (1956). The psychology of politics and the personality: Similarities between fascists and communists. Psychological Bulletin, 53(6), 431–438; Forscher, P. S., & Kteily, N. (2019, June 7). A Psychological Profile of the Alt-Right. Retrieved from osf.io/xge8q. Preprint; Gentile, G. (2002): Origins and Doctrine of Fascism. Transaction Publishers; Griffin et al. (2004): Fascism: Post-war fascisms. Rutledge; Hetherington, M., & Weiler, J. D. (2009). Authoritarianism and polarization in American politics. New York: Cambridge University Press; Paxton, R.O. (2011): The Anatomy of Fascism. Penguin Books; Vincent, A. (2010): Modern Political Ideologies. Wiley-Blackwell.
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