What would be your definition of the word fascism?
September 4, 2006 4:20pm CST
It's been in the news lately, and I wonder what it really means to people. what does it mean to you?
• United States
24 Sep 06
Fascism is a political ideology that is associated with one or more of the following characteristics: 1) a very high degree of nationalism, 2) centralized control of private enterprise (corporatism), and, after it attains political control of a country, involves 3) a powerful executive-centered (or even dictatorial) state that views the nation as superior to the individuals or groups composing it (authoritarianism.) Fascism also typically calls for the regeneration of the nation, uses populist appeals to unity, and extols militarism as a major virtue. It also is associated with anti-liberalism, anti-communism and anti-anarchism. The original fascist (fascismo) movement ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. In time, the generic term fascism came to cover a class of authoritarian political ideologies, parties, and political systems. The most notable of these parties, created after World War I, are the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis) under Adolf Hitler but also Hungary's Arrow Cross Party, Romania's Iron Guard, Spain's Falange and the French political movements led by former socialists Marcel Déat and Jacques Doriot and others. Some authors reject this broader use of the term or exclude certain of these parties and regimes.
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