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Palingenetic ultranationalism is a theory concerning generic fascism formulated by British political theorist Roger Griffin. The key elements are that fascism can be defined by its core myth, namely that of "national rebirth" -- palingenesis. Griffin argues that the unique synthesis of palingenesis and ultranationalism differentiates fascism from para-fascism and other authoritarian nationalist ideologies.
For me the more generic aspect of fascism is the state's appropriation of the right to define everything to its satisfaction and use force to insure compliance. It is sort of an abstraction from Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism as remembered from my grad school days. One of Mig's sig lines highlights this in terms of the operational attitude of most police organizations.
I will have to more carefully read Griffin before I can say whether his definition is more intended to demonstrate who is vs. who is not a fascist. (I.E. 'Not us, certainly!')
"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
Using this definition, even communism becomes fascism. This might be useful in some ways (like when you want to say that you don't like commies ("they're fascists!" (thus ironically using a Soviet-communist nomenclatura...)), but it's certainly not very stringent.
Your definition of fascism is pretty close to what I would just call "totalitarianism". Fascism is totalitarian, but not all totalitarianism is fascism.
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
A more polite description is that the USA is run by a commercial oligarchy, per Lewis Lapham:
As was true in the early years of the Republic the country is governed by a commercial oligarchy. And a citizen who cannot afford the luxury of a contrary opinion learns of necessity to dance the beggars waltz.
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