defining fascism

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Tue Nov 16 12:04:36 PST 1999

[another address bounce]

From: "Chip Berlet" <cberlet at> Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 14:32:22 -0500


Sorry, your irony was lost in cyberspace.

Yes, many on the left use the term fascism as an all-purpose epithet. This is both unfortunate and dangerous IMHO.

Dimitroff's definition is a paltry rhetorical device in defense of a failed parrty line.


----- Original Message ----- From: Brett Knowlton <brettk at> To: <lbo-talk at> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 1:57 PM Subject: RE: Where the Fascists Are

> I obviously wasn't clear enough in my last post.
> I know what the definition of fascism is. But the term is usually bandied
> about without much caution, and often used inappropriately.
> For example, I've heard virtually every American president since WWII
> called a fascist. But none of them were. Yes, there are similarities.
> But none of them wanted state control of the economy - they represented
> business control of the government, to highlight one difference.
> Maybe this isn't a big deal. But I think you risk losing credibility with
> people when you use such loaded terms loosely.
> Brett

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