Let’s see what actual dictionaries actually say, when actually read, by people who understand the language in which the dictionary is written.
- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism – a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
- http://www.answers.com/topic/fascism – 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.
- http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fascism – a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
- Also http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fascism – A system of government that flourished in Europe from the 1920s to the end of World War II. Germany under Adolf Hitler, Italy under Mussolini, and Spain under Franco were all fascist states. As a rule, fascist governments are dominated by a dictator, who usually possesses a magnetic personality, wears a showy uniform, and rallies his followers by mass parades; appeals to strident nationalism; and promotes suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within his own nation, such as the Jews in Germany. Although both communism and fascism are forms of totalitarianism, fascism does not demand state ownership of the means of production, nor is fascism committed to the achievement of economic equality. In theory, communism opposes the identification of government with a single charismatic leader (the “cult of personality”), which is the cornerstone of fascism. Whereas communists are considered left-wing, fascists are usually described as right-wing.
It seems that, as soon as one adopts the pseudo-definition of ‘Fascism’ that was published by the Fascists themselves – a pack of insane, murderous freaks, whose ‘definitions’ are worthless except for insight into their lunacy – the insanity of these murderous freaks passes on in a small way to the adopter. The adopter starts to ‘know’ things that aren’t true, even, or particularly, when it is dirt simple to check these ‘facts’ and find them disproven.
(Randi can be given a bit of a pass for being rendered slightly insane, but Thom Hartmann can’t be, because he affects an air of erudition and frequently vomits up a book.)