The word "fascist" is tossed around here pretty regularly. I've been called one a time or two, as have others I generally agree with. Since there's not much agreement on what the words "liberal" and "conservative" mean, the word fascist seems like a vague, general term that doesn't have much meaning to many here. I think it's been cultivated as a put down word for traditional conservatives. Here's the Webster's definition of the word;

FASCISM; A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/m...i-fascism.html

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/au...mussolini.html

From his quotes, Mussolini seemed to think fascism was the opposite of socialism. It's also clear that fascism is not about peace, yet Mussolini said that men are "tired of liberty". When Jefferson said "......the tree of liberty must be nourished from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants..." he seems to advocate both liberty and war. Does that make him a fascist?

http://www.secularhumanism.org/libra...britt_23_2.htm

This seems to be a modern day liberal trying to redefine fascism so that it can be applied to many of today's conservatives. In part;


4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.
If that's fascism, what is it if it's rewritten with only a few word changes?

The supremacy of environmentalism / safety. Ruling elites identified closely with the EPA and NHTSA. and the trial lawyers that support it. A disproportionate share of natural resources allocated to it, even though domestic needs (tax relief) is acute. Safety and cleanliness are seen as an ever increasing problem, and are used whenever possible to redistribute wealth, punish capitalism, and increase power and prestige of the ruling elite.

If Britt's paragraph is fascism, isn't much of what is advocated by today's liberals / Democrats also fascism? Are not most of the domestic, big government programs advocated by today's Democrats not "autocratic"??