A Basic Definition of Fascism

A Basic Definition of Fascism

My favorite definition is: Fascism = Capitalism + Murder.

There is no one simple definition of fascism that’s generally agreed upon, because there’s no central source of origination for fascism. Fascism is not comparable to Communism, for example, which was a political theory originated by one person: Karl Marx.

At most, fascism is the result of two main proponents: Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Mussolini is perhaps the most responsible for the branding, having named the movement “fascism” and written his own manifesto about the subject. Hitler, however, gets the infamy as the most extreme version of a 20th Century fascist.

They were the not the only ones, either. As one example, at the same time Hitler & Mussolini were rising, Spain was having its own fascist civil war… and the fascists won. Imagine if the Proud Boys sparked a civil war in America… and they won! Terrifying thought.

Fascism is a modern organic development of an ancient authoritarianism. It is “triggered” into existence when a perfect storm of social / political / economic conditions meet.

Here’s some concrete things that tie all fascist organizations — historical & modern:

1. Fascism is a product of massive political, social, and economic displacement

2. Fascism, at its core, is a pro-capitalist mass movement, supported by the middle classes and armed forces.

3. Fascism gains power by use of violence and elections.

4. Fascism is used (and sometimes controlled) by big land-owners and industrialists, who turn to fascism because they can't subdue the working classes under current politics.

5. Fascism aims to destroy working class & democratic organizations. But once in power it does not represent the middle classes. Fascism always rules on behalf of industry.

6. Fascism rises in power by exploiting cultural insider / outsider divides (the enemy within / the enemy without).

Another definition: Fascism is a terminal stage of Capitalism.

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