When attempting to understand something I was taught that one way is to examine its opposite.
"Fascism: In extended use (with modifying word) a person who advocates a particular viewpoint or practice in a manner perceived as intolerant or authoritarian".
Two additional words are now in play. Intolerant and authoritarian. Intolerant means what one can't tolerate or coexist with.
Authoritarian indicates promoting or agreeing with a position representing authority.
That was a good example of intolerance.
"The authorities are always correct especially the police that enforce the authorities wishes". That was an example of authoritarianism.
Right here in River City AKA "Rochester on the Genesee".
For my critics: I Am an equal opportunity philosopher and realize similar examples of intolerance can be found on the Left. When a leftist political leader is in power a fascist could be just as well authortarian in that leader's support. It is why I support balance in government and the separation of powers delineated by the Founders.
It is also why I do not like the Supreme Court's balance as seen as so critical. Absolute power does corrupt absolutely when unexamined and unopposed.
There were two civilized countries in recent history (last 50 years) that changed from very fascist oppressive states to something perhaps too free in the short term once their oppressed majority gained true freedom .
Since those changes were a reaction to the oppression of a majority by a minority when that majority attained power the end results were not pretty.
© 2009 Matt 7:6 - 2/23/15