Definition of Fascism

The definition of “fascism” has gotten pretty squirrely since Benito Mussolini coined the term to define his governing principles. The current street definition seems to be something along the lines of “stuff that someone else does that I don’t like”. The definition drift seems unfortunate — its core definition is something that, IMHO, needs a word assigned to it. When I say “core definition”, this is what I mean, as per Mussolini:

Anti-individualistic, the fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only insofar as his interests coincide with those of the State, which stands for the conscience and the universal will of man as a historic entity…. The fascist conception of the State is all-embracing; outside of it no human or spiritual values can exist, much less have value.

Yes, I found this on Wikipedia.

To paraphrase, according to its father’s teachings, fascism is the governing theory in which the state is supreme and the individual exists for the sake of the state.

Endut! Hoch Hech!

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