1. Someone who believes in a totalitarian state rule by a supreme leader (dictator) who controls everything possible and treats people harshly -- to gain the leader's own success,* to foment
an aggressive military nationalism, and to promote a Social Darwinist belief that hard
life strengthens the state by weeding out the weak.
2. A lesser authority (corporation, mayor, cop, boss, parent) who legally issues harsh, burdensome, micro-managing, insensitive, or uncaring orders -- especially when
they know, or should know, that their
goals can be accomplished with more autonomy and much less hardship or distress.
3. A harsh and probably
murderous kind of dictator; a "fascist
dictator" as opposed to a "benign dictator".
4. If applied unfairly, a parent authority who is doing their
reason, but their
teen either doesn't agree with their
agenda (10 PM curfew to help perform well
in morning school), or is insincerely asserting their
parent to be a harsh disciplinarian, in order to bond socially
5. If capitalized, is the name
of the historic Italian Fascist political
party. Benito Mussolini
- "The Leader") was the Fascist
founder and Prime
Minister from 1922 to 1943, who built a cult of personality around himself using false media propaganda that
he was always right, killed those relatively few unbrainwashed who opposed him, and unified Italy for an incompetent war to retake much of the old Roman empire. Apologists encapsulated their
approval of his social control-freakery in the saying, "Il Duce
made the trains run on time".
an official form
of antisocial behavior, if society is understood to have valid
not met by a harsh authoritarian work ethic
" has general
application to the misuse of hierarchical
power in government, business, and religion, as well
as to all other levels of society. As the global
population increases, it will
continue as one of the future's most important social issues.
" behavior can be observed in some form
life, but is especially obvious on TV when
ordered by right-wing politicians, mean bosses, and greedy corporations. Parents
can be both fairly or unfairly labeled, because some parents
are minor fascists, yet teens can't always tell what is fascist
over-control, from what is just good parenting.
folks should have said "fascist
", if they misused
"nazi" in poor taste, since the latter is properly reserved for genocide and extermination concerns only.
" is different from "racist", though racists are often
fascists as well
. But there are several nation-state military examples where the races
together to control the population in arguably fascist
or at least military styles.
can be duped by two-faced "cryptofascist" policies. For example, people in a dangerous neighborhood might
accept a policy of police searching all houses for weapons. But the real purpose
of the searches might
be to locate
books supporting the political
opposition, and to intimidate or arrest people found nearby. Mussolini
was the original cryptofascist, because he started his political
life as a Socialist, and then turned against his former political
he came into power as a Fascist
"A fascist cop demanded to know where I was going."
"My fascist boss likes
to say, 'My way or the highway'."
"My fascist dad won't let me stay
out after 10 pm."
"Don't buy stuff from
that fascist corporation; they fired employees sickened by handling their toxic waste."
"Chile's Augusto Pinochet was a fascist dictator, who murdered tens of thousands of his own people."
"Fascist Party leader
Mussolini became Prime Minister by threatening to make Italy
*Inspired and adapted from
a good top level definition by Redeemer The Vengence Taker, Jan 5, 2005. (See FAcist