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: