The Holocaust Museum’s ‘Early Warning Signs Of Fascism’ Poster Is Unfortunately Familiar

The popularity of search terms “fascism” and “holocaust” have spiked on Google in recent weeks, especially, in the case of the latter, when President Trump’s Holocaust Memorial Day statement refused to mention the six million Jews who were murdered between 1941–1945. Nazi Germany was a fascist state, something many Americans are worried the United States is turning into. Especially after seeing a sign in the Holocaust Museum that warns visitors of the “Early Signs of Fascism.” These might sound familiar.

1. Powerful and continuing Nationalism
2. Disdain for human rights
3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
4. Supremacy of the military
5. Rampant sexism
6. Controlled mass media
7. Obsession with National Security
8. Religion and Government intertwined
9. Corporate power protected
10. Labor power suppressed
11. Disdain for intellectuals and the Arts
12. Obsession with crime and punishment
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption
14. Fraudulent elections

The poster — which was created by Laurence W. Britt in 2003, and isn’t exclusive to the museum — went viral after Twitter user Sarah Rose wrote, “In the US Holocaust Museum. I’m shook.” Her photo has since been shared more than 150,000 times (that’s more than most of Trump and Hillary Clinton’s tweets), with replies ranging from, “I think we can call him a fascist now…” to “I mean, I knew he was a fascist, but reading this list and thinking ‘Yeah, yeah, uh huh, yup, yes…’ Scary.” It’s safe to say people are worried.

The poster is available here.

(Via Sarah Rose/Twitter)