Fascism is a way of ruling that advocates total control of the people. Your parents' rule that you must be home by midnight might seem like fascism, but Europeans will tell you that it could be a lot worse.

The word fascism can be hard to spell, so remember that the c comes after the s. Fascism comes from the Latin fascio, meaning “bundle, or political group.” In fascism, the people are looked at as a bundle — one body that must be controlled by the government with absolute force. There’s no option to vote, no chance to impeach a leader, and no freedom to stand up against the governing body.

Definitions of fascism

n a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government (as opposed to democracy or liberalism)

Naziism, Nazism, national socialism
a form of socialism featuring racism and expansionism and obedience to a strong leader
the Spanish Nazi party under Franco
Type of:
ideology, political orientation, political theory
an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

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