Future of Fascism

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Elpin Keshishzadeh

18 May 2013

"The Future of Fascism"


! Fascism is a philosophy that has changed significantly throughout history. Given its

constant evolution, society's view on the ideology has also changed. After the birth of Italian

Fascism, lead by Benito Mussolini, many dictators, such as Adolf Hitler, used fascist ideologies

to foster their own philosophical movements. Given its right-wing extremities, one might argue

that developed First World countries would not tolerate the comeback of fascism. However, once

the ideologies of fascism are closely examined, not only are traces of the philosophy seen, but it

also has major potential to rise again as a dominant philosophy in First World countries; the

United States serving as a model. Fascism is defined as "a system of government marked by

centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the

opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and

racism." Due to its ever evolving definition, simply the absence of militiamen and social

oppression is no longer enough to equate the death of a fascist society. Even in a highly

democratized nation such as the U.S., fascism has a strong possible future due to corporatism,

corruption of human rights, and the censorship of media propaganda.

Given its historical reputation, modern-day fascism is often misinterpreted. The sudden

outburst of violent revolutions, with a newly appointed dictators, are not no longer the warning

signs of a fascist transformation. In an article for the Moscow Times, Chris Floyd highlights the

more realistic characteristics of fascism in modern First World countries such as the U.S.:

"Fascism in America wont come with jackboots, book burnings, mass rallies, and fevered

harangues, nor will it come with black helicopters or tanks on the street. Everything is the

same, but everything...