CDZ Which Party are fascists?

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    The relationship between "fascism" and what some political wonk thinks should be the direction of a political party is lost on me. :dunno:

    The irony of the name Sanders, however, whose family were killed by fascists, is not. Although still unconnected.
     
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    What party is trying to pass hate speech laws? Those are your fascists.
    From 2014. This kind of legislation is backed by Democrats and is still being discussed.

    Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards | HuffPost
    Howard Dean doubles down on ‘hate speech isn’t protected’ claims — then it backfires big time
     
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    The term fascist is derived from a Roman implement the fasces, which consisted of a bundle of sticks held together tightly around an ax blade. The bundle of sticks represented a group of people sharing an utterly rigid belief system and the ax blade represented the political power they could exert due to their absolute commitment to their belief system.

    Although unintelligent partisans try to claim these traits define one party or another, the truth of the matter is that it describes BOTH, especially towards the more extreme ends. ANTIFA is just as thoroughly fascist as the fascists they decry.

    The key here has little to do with the left/right axis and everything to do with the authoritarian/libertarian axis. It is the authoritarians of both who behave like fascists.
     
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    Then we got your Mancruch Half Black Jesus who put a shit tone of reporters in jail and illegally put them under surveillance. Thats some Nixon level slim right there. Matter of fact, it has only been the left calling for the "elimination" of anything really. It was blacks, Catholics and Jews after the civil war, now its just anyone not Blue. Tie is wasted onn you. You are a sheep.
     
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    One might suggest here, a linguistic observation ---

    The term "fascist" as introduced here, despite its posted dictionary definition, has arguably been taking on a second colloquial metaphorical meaning in informal dialogue (such as this board) to mean vaguely a singleminded Authoritarianism, especially used politically to control expression and social behavior. Since no serious political party embodies the traditional definition from World War Two, it would seem that is the intent here.

    Indeed we have the same colloquial metaphor with the word Nazi, e.g. "grammar Nazi". Metaphorical, not literal.


    Those who follow my posting will rapidly recall that I resist the attempts by some here to draw the same definitional evolution for the word Liberal, their claim being a contemporary different definition from the so-called "classical" one. The difference is that the two suggested definitions above of fascism --- traditional vs. informal contemporary --- are not at odds with each other; one is an extension of the other's mentality; the newer flows naturally and logically from the older. Liberal on the other hand is held in the faux contemporary meaning to be its own opposite, which is a paradox and therefore impossible.

    Such impossibility does not stop hack writers from coming up with Doublethink terms comprsed of two opposites such as "Liberal fascism". We just have to recognize that impossibilities can be rendered in words ("cold heat", "hand me that piano") but that doesn't make them real.

    So to clarify OP --- do I read correctly that this thread is intended to discuss the contemporary colloquial metaphor, and not the technical political term?
     
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    We have not functionally speaking had two parties for quite some time now, merely bickering factions of a ruling aristocracy.
     
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    Without even reading the links, given the OP title this is a Composition Fallacy.

    The topic asks about "political parties", not "Ed Markey".
     
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    The sheep are those so beffudled that they still buy into the "left/dems" versus "right/reps" illusion.
     
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    No president has ever been elected by the popular vote. And just the fact that the left keeps parroting that propaganda, make them the fascists.
     
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    ---- Which is the very situation that Liberalism rose up to resist. Demonstrating once again that Liberalism is opposed by both the left and the right.
     

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