Differences Between Democracy and Fascism Essay

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Fascism: Yesterday & Today

Around the world the ideology known as “fascism” is commonly related to two men, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. This tradition of political thinking has long been argued by political scientists and many others on what exactly defines a fascist state. According to Webster’s dictionary the term is defined as, “a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.” Although this definition would be contested by many scientists it is a good compromise. This ideology wasn’t around until the early 1900’s and was started in Italy around the time of World War I. Italy was in shambles then
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After WWI, Germans had the guilt of the world that the war was their fault and the treaty of Versaille pushed that idea greatly. With the German people weak and looking for a rapid change Hitler seized the opportunity. The Nationalist Social Workers Party and Hitler took over in 1933, dissolved parliament and he became dictator. Hitler grew in power very rapidly and his followers believed he was god. Speaking was his means of brainwash because Hitler argued, “The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.” The “fuhrer” as he became known, grew in power and the fascist state fell following World War II. Both of these regimes brought up a war torn people and used their weakness to grow in power, both created a strong sense of nationalism and militarism in the countries so that the people believed and were forced to follow whatever the dictators said. Both dictators succeeded in instilling into their respective countries people that war was glory. Also, both Hitler and Mussolini used the past to sway minds. They constantly regarded their countries as glorified nations that have had rough times and will return to greatness. Regardless of the fact that these two states fell as a result of WW2; fascism has had a defining impact. Being that fascism has somewhat came and gone it is easy for one to think that its impact was not that substantial due to its short life. However, one could also argue that

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