What Exactly Is Fascism?

  • The word "fascists" (or fascisti) was used in the 1930s by Benito Mussolini, the leader of the first Fascist movement and the Fascist dictator of Italy before and during World War II.
  • Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy.
  • Under fascism, national interests supersede all other societal needs. It subsumes private people and businesses into a vision of the good of the state.
  • Fascism is built on the ideology of fierce nationalism and centralized power in the hands of majority. It stands for the exclusion of minorities and is an anti-liberal ideology.
  • Fascism either ignores or attacks those who don't aid attainment of the national values. This includes minority groups, the elderly, the developmentally challenged, and their caretakers.
  • Fascism aids only those who align with the national values. They may use their power to rig the system and create additional barriers to entry.

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