From Encyclopedia Italia 1932:

"The State not only is authority which governs and molds individual wills with laws and values of spiritual life, but it is also power which makes its will prevail abroad.... For the Fascist, everything is within the State and... neither individuals or groups are outside the State.... For Fascism, the State is an absolute, before which individuals or groups are only relative."


Fascism is an authoritarian form of government opposed to extending civil liberties (and even curtailing or removing existing ones) in exchange for radical empowerment of business and economy. Fascist countries usually have elite armies, and see war as a sport or honour event. Lax views on imperialism, a holier-than-thou immigration discrimination policies (first generation immigrants to work for half minimum wage), and everything 'for the state'.

If you're willing to abide by the rules, then fascism is your best friend. If not, the fascists give you a bullet.

Fascist governments make for powerhouse economies. Disenfranchised nations such as post WWI Italy & Germany, Early 20th Century Spain, post Korean war South Korea were on the brink of imploding economies, then clawed back ground to become some of the strongest countries in the world.

Germany has 3rd ranked economy currently, italy 7th, Spain 9th, South Korea 11th.
"Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State"

Mussolini

"It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole ... that above all the unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual. .... This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture .... we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man."

Adolph Hitler, 1933
An autocratic philosophy of using brute force against opposition, typically with the excuse of being for the greater good of a nation or community, and the forced suppression of individual rights and freedoms to achieve those ends.
Hitler was a Fascist leader who dictated what people could read, what they could wear, where people could live, what people could own and how much, he forbade gun ownership, took control of businesses, indoctrinated school children, and any speaking out against Hitler or Germany resulted in death. In other words, fascism is bad.
by bunnyluvstrouble January 10, 2011
Fascism has appeared in many nations over the past 80-odd years. Look up the histories of Germany, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Zaire, South Africa, Greece and other countries that have had fascist governments or do today.
Quote:

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
- Sinclair Lewis

From the CD liner notes booklet of the 2008 album "Accelerate" by R.E.M.
by New World Man January 28, 2009
(Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition)

1 : 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. 2 : A tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
The rise of fascism in Europe before World War II
by kittyangel August 27, 2010
Fascism is the end result of capitalism without liberty. It is an autocratic system used by people who have large amounts of power or capital to protect their self-interests from communism or populist events surrounding economic depressions.
Fascism is capitalism plus murder. - Upton Sinclair

Fascism is capitalism in decay. - Vladimir Lenin
by Thomas Liberty Paine August 09, 2008
militant nationalism.

One of the most misdefined words in history, various dictionaries, and also in your head. Is it "a governmental system led by a dictator...etc etc." no, a fascist government can raise to power by means of election.

It is also not a historical condition no longer in existence such as 'feudalism'.

It does not apply only to certain peoples in a particular time in history. Just like communism or capitalism, it is both a social order and a concept.

A case in point: (from dictionary.com)

A system of government that flourished in Europe from the 1920s to the end of World War II. Germany under Adolf Hitler, Italy under Mussolini, and Spain under Franco were all fascist states. As a rule, fascist governments are dominated by a dictator, who usually possesses a magnetic personality, wears a showy uniform, and rallies his followers by mass parades; appeals to strident nationalism; and promotes suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within his own nation...

During balkan wars Serbian media convinced it's people that they are fighting fascism, because of course, Croats are fascists. But they didn't realize that they themselves were now fascists. Is it inconceivable that one who fought fascism once can become a fascist? yes. It's a concept, Idea, belief, state of mind not a historical condition. And does an Israeli soldier wonder deep down inside if he is a fascist to the Palestinian?
World is a turbulent place and often we find ourselves a victim of circumstance either as a victim or a member of a fascist regime.

It can happen to anyone anywhere, and when this happens it is good to know at least what the word means? That way you can't say that you didn't know.
Klaus: did you realize the word fascism in the dictionaries sounds like a historical concept. Like it only applies to 'others'

Ahmed: yea, it's like describing the devil as a hairy creature with hoofs and horns
by hs2000 August 27, 2009
The Nazi’s in Germany, the Falangists in Spain, and college football in the United States.
"I may not believe in fascism, but I sure do believe in the Oregon State Beavers."
by nethcev! August 24, 2006
1. the bush administration

2. "democracy" frequently used as a euphemism, along with "liberty" and "freedom"
hey, the patriot act is awesome! woo fascism!
by the fishy April 30, 2005

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