Is Fascism a Far-Right Ideology? Part I

I tend to agree – the word “Fascist” is just a meaningless insult and is now applied to anyone regardless of their actual political stance.

Sign of the Times

It will be seen that, as used, 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.

George Orwell, 1944

 

It is not an unusual intellectual-artifact of our current age, that the term ‘Fascist’ is hurled by careless language users on the Right to denigrate certain intellectual tendencies they dislike from individuals on the Left; vice versa, those on the Left hurl it at individuals on the Right (and probably in greater numbers). This same mish-mash and general vagueness was used almost as soon as Fascism as a real ideology was applied to real, concrete States by their own…

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