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Understanding fascism

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Submitted by Sophia C. (United States), Nov 14, 2005 at 02:44

The understanding of 'fascism' in this article is not only severly limited, but is used to the detriment of the article. There is no attempt to link any historical definition of Fascism with 'Islamism', save for the explanation that both desire "to control the state, run society, and remake the human being". This could be a working definition for all governent, from democracy to autocracy. Any working definition of Fascism is far more complex than merely controlling the state. The invocation of communism as a related ideology is also a poor choice, as the two (fascism and communism) are diametric opposites in terms of world-view....
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