Defining Fascism

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Defining Fascism Fascism 1 a political philosophy, movement or regime that is

aggressively nationalistic and stands for a centralized autocratic

government headed by a dictorial leader, severe regimentation, and

forcible suppression of opposition. 2 informal brutal dictorial


Fascists were tamer versions of Nazis. There is six elements usually

found in fascist regimes"

A belief in leaders: Strong leaders, imposing and dictorial

A belief in the value of a strong and unified nation: the willing and

eager sacrifice of individual goals and lives to strengthen the

national purpose

Coordination and propaganda: advertising, ceremonies, the ruling party

as an enforcer of discipline and respect for the leader.

A belief in at least some traditional hierarchies: the army, the

family, sometimes the church.

A hatred of socialists and liberals: socialists as opponents of

national self-assertion liberals as unwilling to take the steps

necessary to fight socialists, as self-absorbed individualists who

weakened the nation, and as parliamentarians who did not recognize

that the nation, not the individual, held rights.

A hatred of Jews: thieves and deceivers, people who made their money

through financial manipulation rather than heroic feats of engineering

and construction.

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th 1889 in Braunau-am-Inn, Austria.

The town is near the German border, and his father, Alois, worked as a

customs officer on the border. His mother, Klara, had previously given

birth to two other children fathered by Alois, (Gustav and Ida) but

they both died at birth. Adolf Hitler grew up with a good record in

primary school but then recieved a poor record at secondary school and
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