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

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There is a lot of talk about Fascism. Is it truly Fascism that the conservative people are after, or is it a balancing of the ideals of the American way of life? From all of the talk of those who hold to a liberal mindset, the definition of Fascism is more definitive of them. They can not be reasoned with, which is an aspect of Fascism. Their beliefs come first, which, again, is a point of Fascism. Their ideas of equality rest only in their point of view, which is again, Fascism. It is time to turn off the rhetoric and look at the base core of the talk. Is it one group that wants everything for everyone? A Shangri-La, or Nirvana where all are equal, and no one is ever left out from anything? If this is what the left wants, it might exist for a time, a short time, but chaos and deprivation will follow it, and destroy it. It is far better to have what you currently have, and to work to improve yourself, than to have what you desire handed to you. What is freely given, in this material world is easily lost, or set aside as not being worthwhile. Why, it was not worked for, it is seen as being easily replaced. What is worked for is valued. That is the way that anything of value is obtained. The cry of Fascism from those that are leading the effort is a lie, being used to get what they want, regardless of how much trouble it creates for anyone else. It is nothing more than a power grab, and useful idiots are their cannon fodder.
Fascism's definition is being twisted into a concept that is not described by the word itself.
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The term fascism first defiened by benito mussolni in world world war 2 and it means that any body that dosent obey his rules or thougths will be killed.
Benito mussloni was a true fascism.
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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
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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
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