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That list is doing the rounds, but I think there's a simpler definition - which is that fascism is what you get when those in power abuse those out of power, not just for profit (which is bad enough) but simply because they want to, and they can.

Fascism is the pathology of abuse for its own sake. There's always a smokescreen of justification and rationalisation based on how different and aggressive The Other is. But the core issue is a need to abuse and control other human beings, purely for the sake of abuse and control.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jun 17th, 2007 at 08:21:59 PM EST
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