What is Fascism? Fascism Explained

Fascism is a term we hear on a lot nowadays When it’s said, you might think of some historical
figures like Hitler, or Franco Or maybe even some contemporary ones But what does it actually mean In this video I’ll answer this question
by giving you a clear definition of fascism which you can then use to test whether or
not certain ideologies or individuals are fascistic or not. The best way to understand fascism is to understand
it as a combination of two ideologies. record One of these ideologies is nationalism, which
is defined as the advocacy of one’s own nation over others. However fascism incorporates extreme nationalism,
not the nationalism of my football team is better than yours, but the nationalism of
my people, my race is superior to yours. The other ideology fascism incorporates is
that of dictatorship The best way to understand dictatorship is
to look at democracy, the idea it is often held in contrast to The word for word definition of democracy
is government by the people. In the vast majority of countries claiming
to be democratic this government by the people is maintained through near or universal suffrage
as well as the election of representatives.record Dictatorship on the other hand, actively subverts
the power of the people, instead power is vested in one single person and all other
opposition stamped out. So let’s look at some examples of historical
and modern day figures to test if their ideologies are fascistic. Let’s start with the obvious contender-
Adolf Hitler Was he a dictator? In 1933 he passed the enabling act giving
him power to pass laws without consent from the Reichstag, the building where Germany’s
elected representatives sat. He also made the Nazi party the only single
legal party in Germany in the same year. So yes Hitler was a dictator. Was he an extreme nationalist? Now the thing Hitler is possibly most associated
with, not including World War 2 as a whole, is the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the genocide of 6 million
jews by the Nazis during world war 2, and the ideology that undergirded this slaughter
was an extreme nationalist, racist belief in the German people’s superiority, as well
as a belief that the Jews were an inferior, subhuman race. So yes Hitler was an extreme nationalist. Putting these two beliefs together we can
clearly see how Hitler was a fascist. Another example of a supposed fascist is the
current President of the United States, Donald Trump Let’s test to see whether he is one, using
the definition. record Is he a dictator? Donald Trump was fairly elected under the
rules of the US constitution, and neither made any attempts to overturn or abolish elections,
nor does he rule by executive fiat. So no. An extreme nationalist? Trump has called himself a nationalist, but
has also disavowed the KKK and racism. However he was accused of flirting with more
racist elements during his election campaign and early on in his presidency, specifically
in the aftermath of the Charlottesville attack when he implied a parity in ideology between
the antifascists and the white supremacists. So Trump’s record on whether or not he’s
an extreme nationalist is a bit patchy But that doesn’t mean he is one, and he’s
certainly not a dictator. record In conclusion the President isn’t, by my
estimation a fascist. But if you disagree with me, please leave
a comment explaining why. So where does this all of this leave us? It leaves us with a clear and concise definition
of fascism as an ideology that combines dictatorship and extreme nationalism. If people demonstrate this kind of an ideology,
call them out for it, but don’t band it around, using it as a blunt object to silence
people you disagree with. Thanks for watching, please like and subscribe.


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