Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

What is your definition of fascism?

I want your definition. I want to know what you think is associated with it. I want to know who you think is a fascist leader. And before you even try, Bush doesn't qualify as fascist.


I always thought of Franco, Mussolini, Hitler, and the French Revolution.

15 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Bush qualifies as and IS a fascist.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Simply stated, a fascist government always has one class of citizens that is considered superior (good) to another (bad) based upon race, creed or origin. It is possible to be both a republic and a fascist state. The preferred class lives in a republic while the oppressed class lives in a fascist state.

    Until the Civil Rights act of 1964, many parts of the US were Republic for whites and could be considered fascist for non-Caucasian residents. Fascism promotes legal segregation in housing, national resource allocation and employment. It provides legal justification for persecuting a specific segment of the population and operates behind a two tiered legal system. These two tiers can be overt as it was within Nazi Germany where Jews, Homosexuals, Catholics, Communists, Clergy and the handicap were held to one set of rules and courts, while the rest of Germany enjoyed different laws.

  • 4 years ago

    i've got in no way seen fasiscm talked approximately as an financial sort, coping with factors possession -- by skill of dictionary definition -- it replaced into consistently a political sort, coping with who made the regulations. Fascism below the dictionary definitions i've got seen is an authoritarian top-wing govt, which opposes freedom and liberalism and private autonomy. it extremely is not comparable to conservatism -- however on an identical 0.5 of the spectrum -- conservatism is sweet wing, and respects custom and promotes conformity. Fascism mandates conformity and crushes any attempt at substitute -- a much greater vehement and fanatic attitude than 'conventional' conservatism. yet assuming the financial sort definition you provide -- it ought to actual exist below any political (rule-making) sort, from organic democracy to tyranny -- merely like socialism (it extremely is an financial sort, no longer a political sort) and communism can exist below any political sort. they have merely often been tried below the greater authoritarian regimes. So, i could be attracted to seeing those replace definitions -- for the reason that not one of the dictionaries i've got checked (which incorporate some many years previous ones) use that attitude.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mussolini described it as the melding of the state and the corporation. A Corporatocracy. Pretty much what we have here.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are stages of fascism; a leader or government design does not just show up and declare fascism so please consider to request the stages of fascist development through government policy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

    2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

    4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

    5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

    6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

    7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

    8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed

    to the government's policies or actions.

    9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

    10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

    14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

  • wooper
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Fascism is a political system which commonly promotes statist nationalism, and government-directed economic practises such as corporativism and national syndicalism.

    You may say a duck isn't a duck, but that doesn't make it so.

    It sounds just like his policies to me.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think that Professor Robert O. Paxton put it nicely"

    Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion

    ..a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond reach of traditional solutions; 2. belief one’s group is the victim, justifying any action without legal or moral limits; 3. need for authority by a natural leader above the law, relying on the superiority of his instincts; 4. right of the chosen people to dominate others without legal or moral restraint; 5. fear of foreign `contamination."

    I think a lot of the policy changes made under the Bush administration are similar to ones made in fascist states such as the curtailing of individual rights and privacy in the name of 'national security' but I am not saying they are fascists - a long way to go yet!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Statism fused with nationalism focused on a cult of personality.

  • 1 decade ago

    What Wooper said.

    It's a State-Corporate coordinated economic system--A Corporat-acracy, if you will.

    Can anyone here legitimately deny that to be the state of affairs in this country?

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