a reply to: Bluntone22
"Fascism /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and
control of industry and commerce, that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe."
Correct. Not many people get what fascism actually is -- the term is used incorrectly all the time, and has nothing to do with liberal or conservative
Fascism is simply the idea of all people pulling together in one direction (being forced in one direction) to multiply strength and power. Many people
think the term first originated from the latin word "fasces", which is just a bundle of sticks tied together to make them strong.
Wearing uniforms, following orders, supporting the common effort, standing together, promoting team work and patriotic thought -- these are all
fascist ideas. All countries are imbued with some fascistic thought (yes, the USA in particular, such as the phrase "United We Stand", for example.)
The good thing about fascism is that it can get a lot done for the common good.
The bad thing about fascism is that is can do immense damage, at the same time destroying human liberty and freedom of thought and action, and in
general running everyone and everything to doom and destruction, like lemmings going over a cliff together.
Another bad thing about fascism (even when working towards the benevolent and common good) is that it makes for a very brittle system. Although there
exists a lot of strength in fascism, when a fascistic system breaks, everything breaks at once. Like a bundle of sticks, it is very strong, but when
it breaks you have broken all the sticks holding things together.
Really, this intrinsic brittle nature of fascism, is why the Allies could totally break the Axis powers in WW2 -- the Nazis created a very strong but
brittle form of government. That is how we could break NK for example (where NK exemplifies one of the most fascistic states that may be theoretically
The opposite of fascism would probably be "diversity" -- not as strong as fascism, but extremely enduring and hard to break, and IMO a lot more fun to
live with, and FWIW, what I think is a much better mode of existence for everyone. To be clear, I hate Fascism -- I am just explaining how a lot of
people don't really know what that word means.