Fascism is a variant of extreme corporatist nationalism headed by an authoritarian leadership and is usually classified as a far-right political theory. It originated in Italy under Mussolini and Hitlers Nazism is a variant of Fascism. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism positively and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations since the national race was in perpetual conflict with other nations and races.

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Walt Disney

Was Walt Disney a fascist?

Absolutely not. Read anything about the man which has any real research attached and at worst he was a bad boss at times, under great pressure and disappointed in the world not being as perfect as he hoped he could create for his team (who he occasionally grew to distrust, not for bad reason).

He was a truly great man, but a human with insecurities and flaws. He was no great politician and although he may have believed, in a growing world which appeared 'out to get him', in more conservative defensive values, his films were born of his real ability to create great characters and plots all with an undeniable moral undercurrent which at least underpins all (moderate) political opinion, and at most which was hugely liberal in areas such as ideas of sharing, equality, and class prejudice.

As mickey mouse became so hugely popular, and yet his perfectionist approach to creating work kept his company very near to bankruptcy he began to be forced by economics to step back from his level of perfectionism and remove himself almost entirely from the film making process. His (sorry 'Disney's') films because mushy and weak, and of no ground-breaking greatness allowing competitors to take over. He despised the pressures of the commercial world, mostly its interference with his ability to bring imagination to life. As a result he began working quietly on another project which he could claim to be 'perfect' creatively, and that was an idea to create a Disney 'world'.

His actions and reactions to the world were very antifascist, whilst his spoken language and public figure he created was very conservative. And whilst he brushed shoulders with people who were fans and leaders of many countries and parties, he was certainly never a fascist or a Nazi sympathiser.

During the war he turned the Disney company into a production company making pro-american war films to be used as propaganda or educational films to inform the American public about war. As usual, whilst not being political with a capital 'p', he was certainly and absolutely an American, and one of the finest examples of one embodying the American dream in history.

Interesting that both Chaplin and Disney were both built up to huge heights and then shot down either during life (chaplin) as a communist, or after death as a Fascist.

Conspiracy theory absolutely. In conclusion...

Walt Disney could have done some undesirable acts, but was most certainly not a fascist.

The Difference Between

What are the similarities and differences between fascism and communism?

Answer 1

Some similarities are:

  1. Opposition to conservatism, liberalism, and social democracy.
  2. As in Leninism, use of a vanguard party to initiate a revolution.
  3. Opposition to social division by class and class conflict.
  4. Opposition to the bourgeoisie.
  5. Revolution.

Some differences (fascism supports _____ but communism does not) are:

  1. Nationalism.
  2. Paramilitarism.
  3. Eugenics.
  4. Economic self-sufficiency.
  5. Purification through violence and conflict (in terms of war).
  6. Dictatorship (communism, as a phase of historical development, is not theoretically a dictatorship).
  7. Private control of social resources (e.g.) factories).

Answer 2

Fascism, Communism and Nazi (national Socialist) are all types of Socialism. They all have varying degrees of government control of the means of production. Communism differs slightly because it is the control and ownership of the means of production. These forms of government are called totalitarian because the state assumes power over the economy and the basic decisions of life. There are varying degrees of control and numerous forms of Socialism.

Answer 3

Fascism-became popular between 1919 and 1945 and the term has become an epithet for all bad things.

Communism-is a socio economic system that stands for a class less, state less and an egalitarian society.

Italy in WW2
History of Italy

How did Mussolini use fascism to improve Italy's economy?

Well all in all yes. Yes fascist economics improved the Italian economy. Fascist economics aren't really radical at all as many might think. Mussolini aligned himself with industrial interest and forged alliances with Italian capitalist. Mussolini had no real economic plan,but reacted to changing situations. Mussolini's economic goals were simple,1 modernize Italy's backward economy,2 remedy Italy's lack of natural resources. Making a alliance of industrialist,workers and the state, Pro-corporatism all in all. First hand Mussolini reformed the highly abused tax system, dis-oped of inefficient state owned industry, cut government costs, and introduced tariffs to protect the new industries. Development available domestic resources, and aggressive commercial policies searching aggressively for raw material trade deals and to solve Italy's resources problem committed strategic colonization,Libya and Ethiopia. Life insurance was shifted to private enterprise. For his first years in power from 1922-1926 he adapted a liberal economic policy,however the liar declined and the liberal policy's dropped. From 1927 on wards Mussolini adapted Italy into a corporation state. Massive work programs to gain popularity, massive construction of roads, including in the countryside. Also, drained massive swamps and confuted them into roads and railroads. Italy's economy improved slowly overtime and by the great depression came in 1929 Italy fared off more than any industrialized nation. Italy's massive industrialization and to bring capitalism into fascist ideology paved the way by the 1930's to a spike in the Italian economy. Mussolini became admired throughout the world for Italy dodging the worldwide economic depression of the early 1930's. Admired by men from Churchill, Roosevelt, and Hitler. His intense nationalism, declaring roman Catholicism as Italy's official religion and the Independence of Vatican city, united the Italian people behind him, even much of Italy's far left came to respect him to,mostly because of his socialist upbringing in his youth. Italy's baby boom of the 1920's,1930's and 1940's was the pure responsibility of Mussolini's fertility program. By the mid 1930's more of the Italian economy was invested into the Armed Forces. Though, Italy suffered a economic boycott after his invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, except for Germany,Islamic nations,other poorer European nations who couldn't afford not to do business with Italy. So, Mussolini just incorporated capitalism into fascist ideology, and just his own spin on it.


What is a kid friendly definition of fascism?

It is a form of government where the people are led by a dictator, or a small group of people. The dictator has a vision of what he wants his country to be like and pushes the population towards his goals. A good example of this is Italy during World War II, led by Benito Musolini (sp?).

Similarities Between

What are the similarities between Fascists and Capitalists?

None really. Fascism is a totalitarian political system based on the exhaltation of the nation above all else and th absolute subordination of the individual to the will of one leader. It permits no rights or freedoms or liberties of any kind. Private property is retained but all economic resources are at the call of the state. Fascism also tends to be very militaristic. Capitalism on the other hand is an economic system which can be accomodated under different kinds of political systems but which works best under, and tends to foster a tendency toward, democracy. Capitalism requires private property and the freedom to exchange capital, property and labor. In order for people to feel confident in a capitalist system there has to be legal protection for property rights. This fosters the rule of law. When people come to understand that their economic rights are inherent and are properly protected by law they tend to take a greater interest in the political situation and begin desiring to exercise their political rights. Fascism, being totalitarian, has much more in common with Communism than with Capitalism. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, although they hated each other, learned from each other and applied each others methods to consolodate and expand their tyranies. Michael Montagne

Nazi Party

What does Nazi stand for?

It stands for National association zepth international

Benito Mussolini

Who did Mussolini's fascism appeal to?

Italian socialists who differed with the main-line Socialist Party's anti-war (WWI) stance as well as hard-line nationalists. Also, many Fascists were war veterans. Fascism was a strange, convoluted mixture of right-wing symbolism (nationalism, respect for figure of authority) with a left-wing execution (totalitarian rule, view that elites have an enlightened dedication to the common good).


What is the difference between fascism and capitalism?

Capitalism is an economic system where the capital, or means of production (including property and natural resources) is owned and controlled by private citizens. The government's participation in a capitalist economy includes the issuing of money, the supervision of public utilities, and enforcement of private contracts. The main hope for government is to increase efficiency through policies and the prohibition of unfair business practices. However, the concept of capitalism differs vastly from its actual practice.

While analysts and scholars are still unable to define a fascist economy, one may still follow characteristics that fascist countries have shared. Fascist economies oppose international socialism as well as liberal capitalism. The result was a middle ground between the two ideals known as "dirigisme" -- an economic term where the government allows citizens private property and private initiative, but has directive influence and control over production and the allocation of resources. Most fascist movements aim for the elimination of autonomy and discourage international trade (while capitalist and most socialist economies support the latter). Fascist economies are often oppressive and militaristic while encouraging of social and economic inequalities.
Nazi Party

Was there a parade supporting fascism in 1936 or 1937 in Boston?

Fascism in BostonAlas, there were a few such parades throughout the 1930s, and not just in Boston. In New York, pro-Nazi supporters held huge rallies at Madison Square Garden. Charles Father Coughlin, the bigoted "radio priest", had a very strong following in Boston, and the so-called "Christian Front," of which he was a supporter, held events in New York and in Boston. There is a very thorough essay about this; it's by Stephen H. Norwood, called "Marauding Youth and the Christian Front: Antisemitic Violence in Boston and New York During World War II." It's from 2003 in the journal American Jewish History-- I am sure any library could get it for you.
Nazi Party

Was Hans Geiger a Nazi?

If by Nazi you are asking if Geiger was a member of the National Socialist Party, then Yes he was.

His work for the Nazi party, if completed, would have produced an atomic bomb. Only lack of access to Uranium and heavy water thwarted their efforts.

So he was both a declared Nazi and working towards their goal.

I think that's pretty clear.


Fascist differed from communist because fascists?

Represented the wealthy and supported a society with classes.

History, Politics & Society

Name three characteristics of fascism?

Actually, there are 14 basic characteristics of fascism: 1. powerful expressions of nationalism 2. distain for the importance of human rights 3. identification of enemies 4. supremacy of the military 5. rampant sexism 6. controlled mass media 7. obsession with national security 8. religion and ruling elite tied together 9. protection of powerful corporations 10. power of labor suppressed 11. disdain for intellectuals and the arts 12. obsession with crime 13. rampant cronyism 14. fradulent elections Obviously, your question could take a novel to include all the factors associated with fascism.

Adolf Hitler

What was adolf hilter's fascist manifesto called?

Mein Kampf (My Struggle)


What ideas did most fascists share?

Hatred towards Obama, or other righteous men.

Nazi Party

What city was famous for the spectular Nazi mass demonstration?



What is tyranny?

With regards to governments, tyranny has a long historical record that even in modern times can be seen. And, of course when tyranny is practiced, it's never called by that term by the tyrants. Tyranny is also labeled by such terms as dictatorship, fascism or totalitarianism. A single leader or group of leaders imposes its will on the citizens of a nation, past nation and current ones too. Generally speaking these types of governments only allow one political party to exist (theirs) and impose economic, and political policies on their citizens. They may also restrict religious practices.

History, Politics & Society
Political Theory

What is fascism?

Fascism is complex and as a result, you may find several slightly different answers as to what it is. Here are some of our CONTRIBUTOR'S Answers:

Answer 1

Fascism (as behavior) is a centrist point of view, it's a result of communism.

The label 'fascism' has italian origins (see below)

[Italian fascismo, from fascio, group, from Late Latin fascium, from Latin fascis, bundle.]

Answer 2

fascistic (f-shstk) adj. Word History: It is fitting that the name of an authoritarian political movement like Fascism, founded in 1919 by Benito Mussolini, should come from the name of a symbol of authority. The Italian name of the movement, fascismo, is derived from fascio, bundle, (political) group, but also refers to the movement's emblem, the fasces, a bundle of rods bound around a projecting axe-head that was carried before an ancient Roman magistrate by an attendant as a symbol of authority and power. The name of Mussolini's group of revolutionaries was soon used for similar nationalistic movements in other countries that sought to gain power.

Fascism is an authoritarian nationalist political ideology .

Answer 3

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.

Answer 4

Fascism refers to a nationalistic and authoritarian right wing system of social organization and government.

Answer 5

It is an elitist right wing form of government

Answer 6

Fascism is a system of government that is dictatorial in nature, power has been centralized and the opposition is suppressed trough terror.

Answer 7

Fascism is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology .
Fascism is a radical right-wing ideology that requires citizen to obediently conform to rigid social norms that support dominent economic and political (and sometimes religious) institutions.

Fascism and communism (i.e., radical socialism) are polar opposites:

  • Communism seeks to remove class differences between people. Fascism emphasizes that powerful groups are more worthy of wealth and success.
  • Communism seeks to obliterate the mistakes and oppression of the past. Fascism seeks to restore the nation to the "good old days."
  • In communism, the government seizes most or all capital. In fascism, the wealthy and powerful participate with the political rulers in leading the country.

The concept of fascism came to be in Italy during World War 1, with the rule of Mousalini. The concept of fascism has been widely debated, but no true definition can be found.
The government allows some private ownership and management of important industries while maintaining complete political control over the people.
the government allows some private ownership and management of important industries while maintaining complete political control over the ppl
The one that is concise, correct and clear.
History of the United States
Germany in WW2

How did appeasement aid fascist expansion?

Fascism can only spread where it is allowed to spread. Hitler knew if he picked the jews to be the enemy most europeans would not care so much. This is appeasement, they were not jewish, so it was ok to treat them badly. so it spread easily, only because no one bothered to stop it.

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Nazi Party

What are some similarities between fascism and nazism?

similarity between nazism and fascism :

both believed in one man rule and did not believe in the republic form of government.

they believed in crushing their opponents. They believed in conquering the world and rejected all the treaties signed by them. But both helped in making the economy of their countries strong. Both also believed in a strong military and used it to great use. M.J.KHAN WAZIR.03454347457 both are nationalistic.Fascism believes in Italian nationalism while Nazism believes in German nationalism.. both ware totalitarianism. they believed in expansionist policy.. they were anti communist.... M.J.KHAN WAZIR..03454347457

Germany in WW2
Adolf Hitler

Was Adolf Hitler a fascist?

No, not strictly speaking. Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini are better examples. The system Hitler established in Germany had some soft-fascist characteristics, but I would not classify him as a pure hardcore fascist.


Is fascism a capitalistic reaction against socialism?

To a small extent yes;

On one hand you have great fear of communism generated by the 1916 Russian revolution.

Take America during this period;

The journalist Kenneth Roberts wrote that "social democracy gives off a distinct sour Bolshevik odour". He was part of the 100% Americanism movement that preached sermons and lectured at university although hit only spread its message to a few, the fact that this fear was here illustrates that many of the Super capitalists in America were tending towards capitalism.

The Palmer raids in 1919 demonstrate effectively the fear that many people had of communism. After his house was bombed the then Attorney General A.M.Palmer created a "red scare", using the General intelligence division to arrest around 6,000 "foreign radicals", 5400 were later released due to lack of evidence. The public lost interest as they saw the threat had been exaggerated. The ability of Palmer to create such a scare in the first place in America and also in many other Western countries.

Count Carlo Sforza noted that "the privileged classes wanted security against a "red danger" more imaginary than real - and to them the best bulwarks against the "red danger" were the two dictators in Berlin and Rome".

Indeed a British envoy stated that "These Japanese how violent, how barbarous! Just the stuff we need to destroy Moscow" and the same was true of the Germans and the Italians and their view.

This Mussolini quote illustrates the great ideological divides between fascism and "We declare war against socialism, not because it is socialism, but because it has opposed nationalism". The charisma of the two infamous fascist leaders meant that they could sell fascism as a way to overt socialism to many leading conservatives. This prompted many prominent bankers, financers and business chiefs to donate to fascist parties.

Therefore fear of socialism and communism's played a major part in the development of fascism but bourgeoisie hate of socialism also contributed to the origin of Fascism.

Fascism was a combination of pre-existing ideologies such as nationalism and militarism. What caused these ideologies to fuse together was WW1 which discontented Italians and Germans after Versailles, and its effect to split the political left between internationalist and nationalists. Fear of socialism (amongst the general population and not just the upper-class) also contributed.

As fascist parties expanded and no longer depended heavily on the support of business they adopted a very anti-capitalist approach - turning on its creators.

Mussolini detested the "super capitalism" that caused the depression and even criminalised 1st class train cabins.

Hitler stated that the bourgeoisie "know nothing except their profit, "Fatherland" is only a word for them". This conflict in views between moderate conservatism and fascism made the clash inevitable the tragedy was that British and French Tories did not realised it 10years too late.

So yes Fascism was the answer of many German and Italian conservatives to the growing red threat in their own countries. British and French conservatives failed to see how fascism turned on its creators and adopted a policy of non-interventionism as they saw it as a means to stand against Moscow.

World War 2
Italy in WW2
History of Europe

Who led the Nationalists in Spain who were supported by European Fascists?

They were led by General Francisco Franco Bahamonde .


What was Napoleon Bonaparte a communist or fascist?

Niether he was a Republican who became a Dictator.

Germany in WW2
Italy in WW2

First nation in Europe to have a fascist government?


Nazi Party

Was there Nazi ballet?

no... but it would be pretty funny to wach! no... but it would be pretty funny to wach!


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