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I went to youtube and read comments...can people help clarify?



There were a bunch of people that said he was wrong about the Nazi's. Are they misinformed or am I missing something. Fascism and what the Nazi's did was to take over business and create a tremendous amount of government control. Are they that our of touch or am I looking at fascism incorrectly?

Thanks for any explanations.

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Probably because there are too many definitions.

The word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else... almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. – George Orwell, What is Fascism?. 1944

However, the National Socialist German Workers' party (Nazi Party) is, was, and should always be considered fascist. They, after all, helped define the meaning of the word.

Here is the definition that I best think fits... see if you can find similarities to this and modern America.

Fascism, especially in its early stages, is obliged to be antitheoretical and frankly opportunistic in order to appeal to many diverse groups. Nevertheless, a few key concepts are basic to it. First and most important is the glorification of the state and the total subordination of the individual to it. The state is defined as an organic whole into which individuals must be absorbed for their own and the state's benefit. This "total state" is absolute in its methods and unlimited by law in its control and direction of its citizens.

A second ruling concept of fascism is embodied in the theory of social Darwinism. The doctrine of survival of the fittest and the necessity of struggle for life is applied by fascists to the life of a nation-state. Peaceful, complacent nations are seen as doomed to fall before more dynamic ones, making struggle and aggressive militarism a leading characteristic of the fascist state. Imperialism is the logical outcome of this dogma.

Another element of fascism is its elitism. Salvation from rule by the mob and the destruction of the existing social order can be effected only by an authoritarian leader who embodies the highest ideals of the nation. This concept of the leader as hero or superman, borrowed in part from the romanticism of Friedrich Nietzsche , Thomas Carlyle , and Richard Wagner , is closely linked with fascism's rejection of reason and intelligence and its emphasis on vision, creativeness, and "the will."

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I'm not an expert, but...

Fascism and Naziism aren't necessarily synonymous. Italy had a more pure form of fascism. Nazi's were socialist, true in the general sense of the word. But, they also believed in militant imperialism which is not what a true socialist would advocate. Also, we've been into fascism for a long time, it didn't just start in January. If you really think about it, the NeoCons (Bush, Cheney, Clinton, etc...) are really more communist than fascist, as they believe in control by a few instead of just a merger of corporate elites and government (which is what we have now).

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