Sunday, August 26, 2012

What is Fascism?

n (sometimes capitalized)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any ideology or movement inspired by Italian Fascism, such as German National Socialism; any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any ideology, movement, programme, tendency, etc, that may be characterized as right-wing, chauvinist, authoritarian, etc.
3. prejudice in relation to the subject specified body fascism
[from Italian fascismo, from fascio political group, from Latin fascis bundle; see FASCES]

n (sometimes capitalized)
The post-World War II rise of a movement whose principal aim is to incorporate the doctrines of fascism into existing political systems.

Source: The Free Dictionary

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