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Fascism: The politics of Us Vs. Them

I am a firm believer in the freedom of thought for all. That belief includes the respect one is owed to the other thinking person. While I usually do not engage in any kind of political debate on this site, the death of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, and the subsequent response of our president has prompted me to make an exception to my own rule.

Let me start by saying that I love this country dearly and that I have always seen it as “the beacon of light” in an often very dark world. That is until recently. That love of country has not gone. It has, though, shifted towards a serious questioning of the ethical and moral implications we as a people are allowing this government to dump on us. Because let us be real, what is happening right now is not ok. It is not right.

We live in a land where one either belongs to the right or to the left. Moderation seems to have taken the emergency exit and has left us with nothing but extremism. I cannot believe that many of us are embracing Fascism and are perceiving it as a perfectly acceptable form of governing. Let us not forget what Fascism really is: a type of radical authoritarian regime characterized with strong nationalistic dictatorial power where forcible suppression of opposition is policy and strong regimentation of society and of the economy are the norms. It came to prominence in Europe in the 20th century. The first fascist movements emerged in Italy during World War I, then spread to other European countries. Fascists oppose liberalism, Marxism and anarchism,

;fascism is placed on the far-right within the traditional left-right spectrum.