So I’ve been trying to come up with a meaningful and concrete definition of “fascism”. The clearest ones I came across were from Urban Dictionary (believe it or not) and Websters. The Urban Dictionary states the following:
The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.
1.”Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
2.”Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
3.”Nothing against the state”. Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or elections in fascist countries.”
Webster defines Fascism as:
“a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”
To provide contrast, Google defines “Capitalism” as (Investopedia and Webster have similar definitions):
“an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, ***rather than by the state***”
Keep in mind these aren’t sources partial to the left or right. Now, the clearest distinction I know of between “left wing” and “right wing” is that the left leans more socialist whereas the right leans more capitalist.
From this we may confidently conclude that fascism, contrary to popular belief, is in fact a left-wing political philosophy. So any person who favors capitalism to socialism cannot be considered “fascist”. Keep this in mind before you label everyone you dislike as “fascist”.