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  •  Why some call it 'fascism' (2+ / 0-)
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    Eddie Haskell, Buddha Hat

    From your link:

    Fascism is a radical totalitarian political philosophy that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, extreme nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism.

    It may not be technically correct to call the goals of extremist Islamic groups "fascism" - frankly it's not my area of study so I am not even sure of that - but with the concepts I highlighted in the wikipedia definition you linked to, is it really so outrageous that people do it?

    I generally agree with your post but I think the argument over the applicability of the word fascism is just wasted bandwidth. Ask a woman who has suffered from the extreme totalitarianism of the Taliban or the radical Islamicists taking over some towns in Iraq, whether it matters at all whether it meets the technical definition of "fascism."

    It is brutal and it is evil, and that is the word many use for such a brutal and evil governance. That the Islamic terrorists aren't necessarily working under a specific recognized government at a particular time is irrelevant - it is the kind of government they want to impose. And that strikes many people as close enough to fascism to call it that.

    (now please don't confuse this as support for war or for Israel - it's a shame I have to add this disclaimer, but if I don't someone will make me wish I had.)

    •  it is not fascism (3+ / 0-)

      just because it has an authoritarian and a military component to it.  Words mean things.  It would be closer to the truth to say that they were Inquisitors than fascists.  But they aren't even that.  They are political/military organizations that have political goals.  Forget the Taliban for a moment.  They are a distraction.  What do Hamas and Hizbollah want?  Hint: it isn't what the Taliban wanted.

      Fascism is an ideology, built around certain texts and precedents.  Fascism died out in the 1970's and it hasn't returned.  If you wanted to call Syria a fascist state I might grant you that license, but even then it would be a little confusing since they are closer to Stalinists than fascists.

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