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The 14 Characteristsics of Fascism

 
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The 14 Characteristsics of Fascism
By Lawrence Britt

For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. To be sure, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history. But they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

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.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.

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We're 14 for 14. And the great unwashed masses haven't a clue. Since #'s 8 and 10 have been so slickly conjoined by the Amerikan fascist state, there's precious little chance of people in general waking up to reality until-- well, pardon the cliche, but until it's too late.

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. dick
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Rings alarm bells for TEOTWAWKI.
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As ye sow so shall ye reap.

What goes around, comes around.

Unless and until we halt these criminals from doing the harm they're doing, they're continuing to create harm that will indeed come back upon ourselves.

But I don't see anybody arresting the NeoCons, Synarchists, Satanists and influence-peddlers for lawless and destructive behavior.

Do you?
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Sounds familiar.
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bsflag

I don't call many BS Flags, but this one I can't help.

What can't you do here in America? You can start your own business, bad-mouth anyone you want, start your own religion, move into the mountains, sleep on the streets... anything you want America offers it.

I started my own business, raised kids, drove SUV's, changed churches whenever I wanted, shopped where and when I wanted, traveled, here and there, truly the land of the free.

Read the definition of fascism below and see for yourself if it describes the USA.



fas·cism ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fshzm)
n.
often Fascism
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.
[link to www.dictionary.com]
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But I don't see anybody arresting the NeoCons, Synarchists, Satanists and influence-peddlers for lawless and destructive behavior.

Do you?
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America is a corperate fascist state.

And the flag waving fools can't even see it.

It is the ultimate joke!

When "party propagandists" have popular radio and T.V shows, and people follow it like it is just a normal form of entertainment, you know you have a problem!




Here are some visual proofs, and don't ignore these.

DON'T IGNORE THIS PROOF.

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) over the course of his lifetime went from Socialism - he was editor of Avanti, a socialist newspaper - to the leadership of a new political movement called "fascism"

Named after the "fasces", a symbol of bound sticks and an axe used as totem of power in ancient Rome.

The fasces is a SYMBOL, and it exists in every Fascist country!



These is the Fasces:

[link to home.uchicago.edu]

This symbol originates from the dictatorships of Roman times, and is the symbol of Fasism.

It was also used by the Nazi's.


This is the Fasces displayed prominantly in the American capitol building.

[link to suzar.com]

This is the Fasces in the house of representitives.

[link to www.oilempire.us]


This is the Fasces on an American dime.

[link to www.prisonplanet.com]

This is just the tip of the iceburg.

But you have to ask yourself, if you doubt that you live in a fascist state, why this symbology?

Is it an accident?
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I don't call many BS Flags, but this one I can't help.

What can't you do here in America? You can start your own business, bad-mouth anyone you want, start your own religion, move into the mountains, sleep on the streets... anything you want America offers it.

I started my own business, raised kids, drove SUV's, changed churches whenever I wanted, shopped where and when I wanted, traveled, here and there, truly the land of the free.

Read the definition of fascism below and see for yourself if it describes the USA.



fas·cism ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fshzm)
n.
often Fascism
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.
[link to www.dictionary.com]
 Quoting: Flame On



This is not a correct definition at all, the true definition by Mousillini, the man who CREATED Fascism is this:


- "Fascism should more properly be called ‘corporatism,' since it is the marriage of government and corporate power."

This is the TRUE meaning of Fascism, and a direct quote!

Don't ignore this!
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America is a corperate fascist state.

And the flag waving fools can't even see it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 120330


Again I ask you....

What liberty are you denied in America?

What has been required by dictator GWB?

You can state your political opinions. Run for office yourself.
Start a grassroots organization to boycott any damn thing you please.

And even burn the Stars and Stripes.(just don't try that shit near me)

What more do you want??
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bsflag

I don't call many BS Flags, but this one I can't help.

What can't you do here in America? You can start your own business, bad-mouth anyone you want, start your own religion, move into the mountains, sleep on the streets... anything you want America offers it.

I started my own business, raised kids, drove SUV's, changed churches whenever I wanted, shopped where and when I wanted, traveled, here and there, truly the land of the free.

Read the definition of fascism below and see for yourself if it describes the USA.



fas·cism ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fshzm)
n.
often Fascism
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.
[link to www.dictionary.com]
 Quoting: Flame On

read the Patriot Act jerkoff
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Oh and by the way you wouldnt know what America should truly be if it bit you on your ass
“The difference between combat and sport is that in combat you
bury the guy who comes in second.”

"The more skills you have,the less shit you need"

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Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) over the course of his lifetime went from Socialism - he was editor of Avanti, a socialist newspaper - to the leadership of a new political movement called "fascism"

Named after the "fasces", a symbol of bound sticks and an axe used as totem of power in ancient Rome.

The fasces is a SYMBOL, and it exists in every Fascist country!



These is the Fasces:

[link to home.uchicago.edu]

This symbol originates from the dictatorships of Roman times, and is the symbol of Fasism.

It was also used by the Nazi's.


This is the Fasces displayed prominantly in the American capitol building.

[link to suzar.com]

This is the Fasces in the house of representitives.

[link to www.oilempire.us]


This is the Fasces on an American dime.

[link to www.prisonplanet.com]

This is just the tip of the iceburg.

But you have to ask yourself, if you doubt that you live in a fascist state, why this symbology?

Is it an accident?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 120330



Just adding a little more to the post of Anonymous Coward 120330 because I found it interesting and thought to share.

Fasces (the plural, almost a plurale tantum, of the Latin word fascis, meaning bundle) symbolise summary power and jurisdiction.

The traditional Roman fasces consisted of a bundle of birch rods tied together with a red ribbon as a cylinder around an axe.

Numerous governments and other authorities have used the image of the fasces as a symbol of power since the end of the Roman Empire. Italian fascism, which derives its name from the fasces, arguably used this symbolism the most in the 20th century. However, unlike for example the swastika, the fasces have avoided the stigma associated with fascist symbolism, and many authorities continue to display them.
The fasces lictoriae ("bundles of the lictors") (in Italian, fascio littorio) symbolised power and authority (imperium) in ancient Rome. A corps of apparitores (subordinate officials) called lictors each carried fasces as a sort of staff of office before a magistrate, in a number corresponding to his rank, in public ceremonies and inspections, and bearers of fasces preceded praetors, propraetors, consuls, proconsuls, Masters of the Horse, dictators, and Caesars. During triumphs (public celebrations held in Rome after a military conquest) heroic soldiers — those who had suffered injury in battle — carried fasces in procession.

Roman historians recalled that twelve lictors had ceremoniously accompanied the Etruscan kings of Rome in the distant past, and sought to account for the number and to provide etymologies for the name lictor.

The symbolism of the fasces at one level suggested strength through unity. The bundle of rods bound together symbolizes the strength which a single rod lacks. The rods symbolized the state's power to punish delinquents. The axe represented the ultimate power of high justice to execute (decapitate), and has a long history in the eastern Mediterranean: see labrys, the Anatolian and Minoan double-headed axe.

Traditionally, fasces carried within the Pomerium - the limits of the sacred inner City of Rome - had their axe blades removed. This signified that under normal political circumstances, the imperium-bearing magistrates did not have the judicial power of life and death. That power rested, within the city, with the people through the assemblies. Lictors attending to dictators, however, kept the axe blades even inside the Pomerium — a sign that a dictator had the ultimate power in his own hands. But in 48 BC, guards holding bladed fasces guided Isauricus to the tribunal of Marcus Caelius, and Isauricus used one to destroy Caelius's magisterial chair (sella curulis).
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This is not a correct definition at all, the true definition by Mousillini, the man who CREATED Fascism is this:


- "Fascism should more properly be called ‘corporatism,' since it is the marriage of government and corporate power."

This is the TRUE meaning of Fascism, and a direct quote!

Don't ignore this!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 120330


It's hard to argue with someone who thinks their homemade definition is more accurate than the dictionary.


Try this one from Merriam Webster’s online.

[link to www.m-w.com]


Main Entry: fas·cism
Pronunciation: 'fa-"shi-z&m also 'fa-"si-
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
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Again I ask you....

What liberty are you denied in America?

What has been required by dictator GWB?

You can state your political opinions. Run for office yourself.
Start a grassroots organization to boycott any damn thing you please.

And even burn the Stars and Stripes.(just don't try that shit near me)

What more do you want??
 Quoting: Flame On



The liberty of a free election.

The liberty to not be forced into the illuminati, freemason agenda for global control.

You will find out soon enough what your "elected" leaders have in store for you, after they are done using you for their plans.

But, I would also ask you...

Why the facsist symbology in America?

Do you think they just think a bundle of sticks and an axe is "pretty".

Or does it have a meaning.

Don't listen to me, by all means, do your own research...

Enlighten yourself...

Soon it will be to late...
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What beats me, is the idiots who whine about the US becoming a fascist state tend to side with the arabs iranians n koreans.
Is it just a refusal to acknowledge that we ARE in a world wide war with islamofascism and hence individual liberties are going to be compromised?
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Oh and by the way you wouldnt know what America should truly be if it bit you on your ass
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You havn't said what freedom you are being denied in America.

Enlighten me...in case it bites me in the ass someday.
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No... He got it right...Fascism is Corporatism ..And Dude you ARE blind..
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It's hard to argue with someone who thinks their homemade definition is more accurate than the dictionary.
 Quoting: Flame On



The definition I gave you is a quote from the man that CREATED the movement called Fasicm.

It is also hard to argue with someone who cannot realize the truth, because they are too brainwashed to even look into it.

I understand though, it is fear that keeps you in this mindset.

It was scary for me when I first learned about it too.
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Oh and by the way you wouldnt know what America should truly be if it bit you on your ass


You havn't said what freedom you are being denied in America.

Enlighten me...in case it bites me in the ass someday.
 Quoting: Flame On

How about the freedom from being taxed on property that you supposedly own?
How about the freedom of possessing the arms of your choice to defend your self against tyranny , not state mandated ones?
How about the freedom to not need a goddamn license/permit for every thing you do ?
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No... He got it right...Fascism is Corporatism ..And Dude you ARE blind..
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If I am blind, then help me see.

I quoted 2 respectable dictionaries, and you say they are not accurate.

I ask what freedoms you are lacking, and you call me blind.

Do you think that GWB is forcing the dictionary writers to change the meaning of the word, so no one can see it coming?
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No.. you are refusing to see the definition of one the original men who brought about a fascist state..Maybe if Hitler rose from the dead and kicked you in the nuts and said "Open your eyes dumkoppf" then you'd get it..
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How about the freedom from being taxed on property that you supposedly own?
How about the freedom of possessing the arms of your choice to defend your self against tyranny , not state mandated ones?
How about the freedom to not need a goddamn license/permit for every thing you do ?
 Quoting: Trench


Oh I see now.
If you have to pay taxes.
Can't have a fully automatic machine gun.
And have to have a license to drive.
You live in a fascist state.

At least I am starting to understand the depth of your absurdity.
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Not so fast. As much as I agree that there are some indications that the current regime is exhibiting signs of fascism, we are not a fascist state. Furthermore, "fasces" may be a common symbol in the US, but it existed well before fascism existed. America has always had a tendency to mimic Roman architecture and symbols.

Please see this link:
[link to en.wikipedia.org]

"Fasces (the plural, almost a plurale tantum, of the Latin word fascis, meaning bundle) symbolise summary power and jurisdiction."

"Numerous governments and other authorities have used the image of the fasces as a symbol of power since the end of the Roman Empire. Italian fascism, which derives its name from the fasces, arguably used this symbolism the most in the 20th century. However, unlike for example the swastika, the fasces have avoided the stigma associated with fascist symbolism, and many authorities continue to display them."

"The symbolism of the fasces at one level suggested strength through unity. The bundle of rods bound together symbolizes the strength which a single rod lacks. The rods symbolized the state's power to punish delinquents. The axe represented the ultimate power of high justice to execute . . . "
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How about the freedom from being taxed on property that you supposedly own?
How about the freedom of possessing the arms of your choice to defend your self against tyranny , not state mandated ones?
How about the freedom to not need a goddamn license/permit for every thing you do ?


Oh I see now.
If you have to pay taxes.
Can't have a fully automatic machine gun.
And have to have a license to drive.
You live in a fascist state.

At least I am starting to understand the depth of your absurdity.
 Quoting: Flame On



What I am saying is really this simple.

Your freedoms will be gone soon.

MOST of the entire world is run by a group of global elite, that dream of a world dictatorship over ALL men.

If you cannot wrap your mind around it, then don't bother even trying.

It is the real life matrix, and it is 100% true.

But you can ignore it and go back to sleep now, no prob, just wave the flag three times and say:

There's no place like home...
There's no place like home...
There's no place like home...
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No.. you just stated the absurdity of your thinking by assuming what i meant..As long as you're fat and happy and got beer and televised sports youll let "The STATE" decree anything without the slightest resistance , cause you're a good little sheep arent you?
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Ac has it right ...Nuff said
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Not so fast. As much as I agree that there are some indications that the current regime is exhibiting signs of fascism, we are not a fascist state. Furthermore, "fasces" may be a common symbol in the US, but it existed well before fascism existed. America has always had a tendency to mimic Roman architecture and symbols.


"The symbolism of the fasces at one level suggested strength through unity. The bundle of rods bound together symbolizes the strength which a single rod lacks. The rods symbolized the state's power to punish delinquents. The axe represented the ultimate power of high justice to execute . . . "
 Quoting: Wizard's First Rule 119147


But who are the delinquents and what do they represent?
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Hey nice to meet you trench!

I usually go by the handle Islamic_Guy on these boards, but I seldom sign in anymore, because I just get attacked all the time.

Nice to meet you others who get it though!
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Should read "you and others"...
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No.. you just stated the absurdity of your thinking by assuming what i meant..As long as you're fat and happy and got beer and televised sports youll let "The STATE" decree anything without the slightest resistance , cause you're a good little sheep arent you?
 Quoting: Trench


You typed:
"How about the freedom from being taxed on property that you supposedly own?
How about the freedom of possessing the arms of your choice to defend your self against tyranny , not state mandated ones?
How about the freedom to not need a goddamn license/permit for every thing you do ?"

I just stated them back. Are you bi-polar along with these moments of delusion? Please try and keep up with the thread if you are going to play.

Baa Baa dumbass
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