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Islam Is Fascist

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Submitted by John R (United States), Aug 22, 2006 at 00:48

Post after post, the struggle on the most appropriate term to use has been a grab bag of good and bad – vision and shortsightedness, courage and restraint, word masterstrokes and experiments that came to naught. It's due to fascism definition's political, phisolophical and historical dance.

Advocates on both sides of Islam is fascism or not debate leaped into the fray, and came the debate on the right term to use. But the slow accretion of historical evolution eventually eliminates reasonable doubt.

Much of the problem with debates on what fascism means depend on from which perspective one talks from, from the politcal perspective, religious, historical, whether one is emphasizing it's original meaning, it'a earlier meaning, Mussolini's fascism, before Nazism, after Nazims, to include Islamofacim, neofascim, Islamic neofacims, etc, etc. They're all fascism!

The confusion come from the scope. There is such a thing as clerical fascism and it is fascism, after all the word fascism is in it and clerical fascism, religious fascism is a real term. To not say so is backwater lexicon, an outdated definition.

A recent definition from a political perspective for example is that by Robert O. Paxton:

"Fascim may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unitiy, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of commited nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemtive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion:"

Such is only from a political philosophy, from what Dr. Pipes refer to as "state". But it is just one aspect of fascims' definition. Replace this with religion, and you'll have Islam being exactly fascist.

It's it's strictest sense, fascim is what Mussoliani's government is, which is the earliest definition and is in the political spectrum. The definition has evolved. The definition has evolved to include Nazism, Islamofacism, Neofascim, and I would have to say Islamism.

Here is the 21st century definition of fascim, as often used by people in the 21st century as opposed to the time when it just began:

Fascism describes individuals or groups who believe or behave in an authoritarian or totalitarian manner; by silencing opposition, judging personal behavior, promoting racism or religious purity, or otherwise attempting to concentrate power and create hate towards it's enemies.

The best definition of fascism is one that is the most popular and the most up to date. Today that is the definition of fascism. Let us not go into the original definition, the definition in the time Mussolini, the definition in time of Hitler, neofascim --- all of which are fascim's defintion atropied - to the religious spectrum of Islamofascim, Islalmic fascist. They're all fascism.

The broadest, the most contemporary definition is what we must adapt. It is the most popular. It is the most modern. It is not backwater. Therefore yes Bush is correct by mentioning Islamic fascist as a term It is not misleading Dan. But I go futher to say Islam itself is fascist. The most comtemporary, cosmopolitan definition clearly says so.


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