Today's Buggy Topic
It's found in a thread at Economist View, where prof bug frequently posts long analytical commentaries. The subject-matter was prompted when prof bug looked over swiftly the posts of others, where two or three left-wing posters used the term fascism as a scare-word, intended to bad-mouth and vilify moderate liberal and moderate conservative politicians whose policies they don't like. Such usage is the equivalent on the left of the right-wing mud-slinging at someone with boo-words like communism or even socialism . . . at any rate, in the American context now or in the past.
There are specific meanings, specific historical contexts, and specific historial variants of the political phenomena that these ideological concepts embody and historically reflect, but their use as a polemical smear-tactic has hardly anything to do with actual fascism, communism, or socialism on these scores.
Click here for the buggy effort to bring some conceptual and historical clarity to the nature of fascism and its history.