Who Are The Real Fascists?

fas·cism | \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\
Definition of fascism 
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such 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
2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

The people who think Donald Trump is a fascist generally do not know what they are talking about, because they cannot define fascism.  They tend to accuse Trump of racism and then conflate racism and fascism. Alternatively, they call Trump a dictator and then conflate that with fascism. There is slim evidence he is either racist or dictatorial, and in any case, there is more to fascism than those two factors.

On the other hand, no one suspects the Regressive Left of being fascist because fascism has historically been considered a right-wing phenomenon, a perception reinforced by leftist rhetoric. Is this a false perspective? Are there possibly stealth fascists lurking on the Left?

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Fear Fans Hypocrisy

On the NPR program 1A this morning, one of the segments had Bob Woodward as a guest and he had some interesting things to say about his new book, Fear, and the Trump administration.

I trust that Woodward has gotten the story 95% right although I distrust anonymous sources, like anonymous accusations.  He has a long and reputable track record writing about nine presidents and he stresses that he corroborates information that makes it into the book (although presumably with more anonymous sources). I also thinks he plays up aspects of the book that will sell it. Thus only 95%.

What occurred to me, though, is that many of the Trump-deranged people praising Woodward and touting this book as gospel today are the same people who called him a “hack” a few short years ago for using anonymous sources to claim Hillary Clinton had an ugly side to her personality and headed up misogynistic efforts to discredit Bill’s “women” as “nuts and sluts.”

I am so glad to be off that carrousel…