>What is Fascism? (or who best defined it)
Fascism is a system of government characterized by:
1) rigid one-party dictatorship
2) forcible suppression of opposition
3) private economic enterprise under centralized government control
4) belligerent nationalism
>Some post-1945 historical examples of Fascism.
<Rigid one-party dictatorship?
Check. (Republicans and Democrats are the same party: the party of Capital. They only present the illusion of being opposed to each other as theatre for the masses.)
<forcible suppression of opposition?
Check. (Ludlow massacre of 1914, 1943 massacre of Black protestors in Detroit, MOVE bombing, COINTELPRO, police brutalization of the Seattle and L.A. protests against W.T.O. globalization in 1999, etc.)
<private economic enterprise under centralized government control?
Check. USA is ruled by oil and arms-industry corporations, bankrolled by billionaire capitalists with lobbyists infiltrated into every sector of federal government to help carry out their economic agenda.
Check. Easily demonstrated by the mass public fervor of patriotic bloodlust, flag-waving and open display of the flag as a symbol on every other house that accompanied the Gulf War in 1991, the bombing and sanctioning of Iraq in the 90's and the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan 2001 (which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks) and Iraq 2003 (which had no WMD's). All of which resulted in the deaths of over 2 million people in those countries, overwhelmingly civilian.
Check. Genocide of Native Nations and enslavement of African-Americans for almost the first full century of its existence, combined with Reconstruction/Jim Crow/lynching/police murder/redlining/prison-industrial-complex including modern slave labor of Black people and modern massacres of them also (Charleston shooting), removing Mexicans from their lands like the Natives (US war of aggression against Mexico) and historical massacres/lynching of Mexicans by the Texas Rangers and modern anti-Mexican and anti-Central American immigrant baiting/repression/violence (Pete Wilson, Prop 187, Arpaio, ICE detention, San Ysidro 1984 and El Paso 2019 massacres), mass incarceration in which black people are much more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted than whites and receive harsher convictions also given the same circumstances; reducing Native Nations to tiny reservations that are still pillaged by mining and oil corporations (not to mention that Native Americans have by far the lowest living standards, highest rates of victimization by crime and even higher rates of incarceration than black people).
Check. C'mon now. USA has 1,000+ military bases on over 120 countries, carries out coups, bombings, mercenary proxy wars, direct invasions and/or economic sanctions and sabotage of any country or group that fails to comport with the dictates of Wall Street by being socialist or just independent of the West in general (Iran, Cuba, DPRK, Hezbollah, the Palestinian resistance factions, Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Nicaragua, Saddam's Iraq, Gaddafi's Libya, Vietnam, Arbenz's Guatemala, Allende's Chile, Lumumba's Congo etc)
Wow, looks like it ticks all the boxes!