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Old 07-16-2019, 10:29 AM
HurricaneDitka is offline
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Originally Posted by snfaulkner View Post
Please, oh please. DO tell us your definition of fascist/fascism ...
I think these posters nailed it:

Originally Posted by rowrrbazzle View Post
Orwell, Politics and the English Language:
Originally Posted by jz78817 View Post
"fascists" are anyone who have political beliefs different from mine.

Originally Posted by Scumpup View Post
Right, but his definition is how I see the word used most often, lately.
In the dead Antifa terrorist thread, I wrote this:

Originally Posted by HurricaneDitka View Post
... To too many on the Left, "fascist" is just the latest smear for everyone they don't like.
I think that accurately reflects how the word is most often used today in modern American political discourse.

If you want a dictionary definition, this one is as good as any:

Fascism is a form of radical right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.
Originally Posted by snfaulkner View Post
... who you think ARE fascist...
Benito Mussolini, to offer one prominent historical example.

Originally Posted by snfaulkner View Post
and how you identify. ...
I identify as someone who hates identity politics. If I must label myself, I consider myself to be a conservative and a capitalist, and don't really have any sympathy for early 20th-century Italian dictators that got lined up against a wall and shot.